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Ghana doesn't have the money to organize high profile friendlies, says deputy sports minister Joseph Yamin

Published on: 08 May 2014
Ghana's deputy sports minister Joseph Yamin

By Ameenu Shardow

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Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin insists Ghana lacks adequate funds to line up quality friendly matches against established teams.

The Black Stars will be facing the Netherlands and South Korea in two lined up friendly matches before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Many Ghanaians however wonder why the Black Stars are not usually engaged in first class friendly matches against some of the household teams in the world.

Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin in interacting with fans during an outdoor sports program by Metro FM explains the financial required to organize such friendly matches are non-existent.

“There are processes and procedures to follow when fixing friendly matches,” he said.

“Some ask why we don’t play opponents like Argentina in friendly matches but it’s not that easy.

“To play a team like Argentina, I am told to have the full complement of the Argentinean team, [Lionel] Messi alone will take about $2m.

“So we are limited to getting fortunate to have Argentina rather invite us for a friendly.

“We don’t have the money to organize such friendly matches.

“The only time we get to play such opponents without paying anything is when we meet them at tournaments such as the World Cup.”


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    May 08, 2014 11:48 pm
    Are we all that poor,every time all we seek for are handouts with nothing to give.Mtcheeew,
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 08, 2014 01:37 pm
    Yet you NDC administration has money to give to lazy woyome for no work's not about politics .its about Ghana's interest first..
  • Kweku says:
    May 08, 2014 02:26 pm
    No moni Bt look at ur cheeks just some few years in power. God punish u.
  • Obiba says:
    May 08, 2014 11:33 am
    Germany WC provisional list:
  • Benny says:
    May 08, 2014 11:46 am
    Will Ghana ever have money.Mismanagement and bad leadership resulting in mediocre and myopic vision.Money is the problem,it is clueless and selfish people at the top.
  • Paul says:
    May 08, 2014 11:55 am
    Where is the leaked black stars squad? Any help here?
  • PACMAN says:
    May 08, 2014 12:21 pm
    Ghana’s final 30-man provisional squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup has been finalised and will soon be made available to the public. According to provisonal list, which was published wednesday by, Midfielder Anthony Annan and defender Isaac Vorsah return to the team after several months out. See the full squad below: Ghana's World Cup Squad (Brazil 2014) Goalkeepers Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars, Ghana), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset, Norway), Daniel Agyei (Free States Stars, South Africa), Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates, South Africa) Defenders Samuel Inkoom (Platanias, Greece), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Jonathan Mensah (Evian TG, France), Baba Abdul Rahman (Greuther Furth, Germany), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), John Boye (Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Red Bull Salzburg, Austria), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), David Addy (Vitoria Guimaraes), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa) Midfielders Sulley Muntari (AC Milan, Italy), Michael Essien (AC Milan, Italy), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan, Russia), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar, Russia), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France), Anthony Annan (Schalke 04), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem, Holland), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough, England) Forwards Jordan Ayew (Sochaux, France), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes, France), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke 04, Germany), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Elche)
  • kuukuphilly says:
    May 09, 2014 12:43 pm
    Easy kweku! !!!