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Ghana FA won’t ‘chop’ World Cup money – Yaw Ampofo Ankrah

Published on: 14 March 2014
Ghana FA boss Nyantakyi (right) sports minister Afriyie Ankrah (left)

By Patrick Akoto

An aide to Sports Minister Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah says the budget for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will be disclosed amid growing debate on a reported staggering US$ 20 million.

The Ghana FA has submitted the country’s 2014 World Cup plans to the Presidency to ensure early release of funds.

However, a reported $20 million being quoted as the figure has generated massive uproar among various individuals, groups and other stakeholders.

Even though the Ghana FA has insisted the final approved budget will be made public, fears of a potential embezzlement is just refusing to wash away with latest claim players are now demanding an increased $100,000 apiece as appearance fee for the global showpiece.

In a letter signed by captain Asamoah Gyan, the players justified the demand for an increase in the appearance fee and if approved will see the 23-man squad bag $2.3 million just for appearing.

Ghana’s economy is in tatters with myriad of financial constraints confronting the current government, which has prompted the huge cry about the big figures being bandied around.

However an aide to the country’s sports minister, Yaw Ampfo Ankrah, is urging calm insisting every penny will be accounted for, labeling allegations of potential malfeasance as ‘mischievous’

“People are just been mischievous and am getting impatient personally because in 2006 and 2010, it was not a hidden budget, it was open and everybody knows what went in and what came back, there was no secret,” he told Radio XYZ

“If Ghana gets to the quarters, the semis or finals the money they make does it go back to the government or the FA, these are the questions we should be asking.

“There is no way Ghana’s budget for the World Cup will be approved without there being no transparency; that is not possible.

“There is no way an amount will be approved and the GFA will in go ‘chop chop’.

I think that’s quiet naive thinking by some that an amount will be approved and the GFA will chop the money I mean that to me is quiet scandalous.”

The Black Stars players recently rejected payment of monies in cedis despite a directive by the country’s central government.

Ghana’s West African rivals Nigeria will spend $12million at the mundial.

The US budget is listed at US$2 million although the amount may increase. Algeria has proposed US$5.8 million; One million of the mount will be received from sponsorship.

Belgium on December 12 announced an allocation of €4.5 million for the national team for Brazil 2014.


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • smh says:
    March 14, 2014 10:15 am
    Akronfooo mafias yaw ampofo ankrah n Elvis afriyie ankrah
  • Redd says:
    March 14, 2014 12:42 pm
    Mr. Ankrah, what if we don't make it out of the group?Why are you basing your argument on quarter final or semi?How much do we get when we go out first round. Asamoah Gyan and co. may be going crazy.You and your colleagues know you are going to play three games so you want to cash in big with 100,000 usd appearance.Why are you not askin for 100,000 usd winning bonus???? Isnt it obvious you and your colleagues know you aint going anywhere.GFA, please note that we have health,energy,economy etc to take care of so if this is the case then please take the local black strs to the WC afterall whether local or foreign its still three games we are going to play.We need money to do more important things in this country.
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 14, 2014 12:51 pm
    Hahahaha!! Papadinho take it easy dawg you're getting too emotional. However on a more serious I think we need to be serious as a nation, am really surprised that these players are demanding an increment in their appearance fees despite all the fat bonuses they received during the qualifiers. Seriously the B/S has really become an avenue for money making in recent yrs, these players should die a little for the nation when they are called upon not thinking about their bonuses and all that stuff. I sometimes doubt the commitment of some of these players cuz seriously the bonuses they receive is quite a peanut compared to what they earn @ their respective clubs so am surprised about their latest demands. As for the ridiculous US$ 20 million budget for the WC I wouldn't wanna comment further on it, God is watching us all.
  • sticky Straw says:
    March 14, 2014 01:18 pm
    Asamoah gyan u are greedy basterd fool kwasia sem kwa don't u know that my village don't light and water?
  • selfmade says:
    March 14, 2014 01:31 pm
    Elvis afriyie ankrah has been reported as one of the most richest Ghanaian and the question is where did he get this money from? He ll mess up this WC monies BIG TIME! I also sure that nyantakyi is another richest Ghanaian alive because he has been at the helm of affairs at two wcs and we all can imagine how this man has CHOP WAN WC MONIES!! This is his third COCOA SEASON in terms of the WC and he ll complete his CHOPPING PROJECT!!
  • benito says:
    March 14, 2014 01:32 pm
    Please no more debate,just give the money out
  • Edem - Toronto says:
    March 14, 2014 01:38 pm
    I am happy to see this article shows the WC budget to be spent by other countries. I was worried all Ghanaians forgot how to manage money, hence the troubling economy. Good to see the uproar. The world cup happens once every 4 years, why would't the FA optimize the potential to line their pockets. I say they pay the players in Zim dollars because the cedis may heading that way. ha They should keep/make the player funds a pay for performance; tier it $10K each step based on how far they reach in the tournament. $69,000 for Group, $79,000 for R16, $89,000 for Q, $99,000 for Semis (incentive to exceed last WC performance) $109,000 for finals, more money if they make history.
  • ken says:
    March 14, 2014 01:57 pm
    Fire burn them all bunches of thieves
  • Edem - Toronto says:
    March 14, 2014 02:00 pm
    Correction winner get $35 million not 21 as per yahoo. I even checked the fifa documents and it's not explicitly stated. Feel free to read if you want. Line 38 tells you what FIFA will pay for and what GFA has to pay for. I have given the coles notes for people with ADD. 3. FIFA shall bear the costs of the following: a) a contribution towards the preparation costs incurred by the participating member associations in accordance with a set tariff to be fixed in due course by the FIFA Organising Committee; b) business class air travel costs for 50 people from base camp to games. c) a contribution towards the costs of board and lodging for 50 people from each participating member association All that should be removed from the budget line items.
  • OGYA says:
    March 14, 2014 02:25 pm
    Just look at the two thieves sitting there waiting to steal the public money. Nyantakyi is nothing but a goat
  • boro says:
    March 14, 2014 03:49 pm
    No!!!! You are a liar! You started shopping long time ago. Else how can you explain to Ghanaians where you got your wealth? Did you declare your assets before being in government? I am sure Brazil who has won this cup five times will spend far less than all those quoted. Spain won the last edition and we all saw that it was their hard work. Was their budget 20million dollars? In fact the Spanish had a philosophy of possessing the ball to wear their opponents off. We always beat them at the under-17 levels with our 25yrs Odarteys etc but we were almost always struggling to beat them. Barcelona 92 Ghanas’ under-23 lost to them at the semi-final stage 2-0 and in fact they outplayed us in every department of the game. Why 20million are going to buy the world cup?
  • Kwabena says:
    March 14, 2014 04:02 pm
    Meanwhile, these crops of players have never won any tournament for this nation even when we hosted. All they do is demand, demand! Meanwhile, when they get the money they only spend it on their girl friends and families alone not even on football facilities. Don't worry their wives will always take them to Court and seize all their assets!
  • spellBOUND says:
    March 14, 2014 04:57 pm
    hahaha OGYA. im imagining this is how it went.... after they talked to the media claiming they won't "chop" world cup money, Nyantakyi looks at the camera from afar smiling to indicate that everything is ok, while Afriyie Ankrah says "fu#k that, we'll definitely chop this money". lol
  • Papadinho says:
    March 14, 2014 11:00 am
    Check The winner of the Wc get only 21 million euros so Wtf are we carrying 20 mill over there? They just want to chop the money. Even the Netherlands will not carry that amount of money. God will punish all this corrupted dudes running our football. Fire burn u all. God is watching. Ghana will lose all their 3 opening games and we will see if the will return half of the money home. 10 mill for the wc is enough. Fck A. Gyan Fck AA and Fck A Nyantakyi!!! All of u will die!!! Kwasia do. Bunch of thieves
  • Thegreatest says:
    March 14, 2014 01:41 pm
    NDC will use WC money for 2016 campaign