The Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif has indicated that the money that will be spent on each Black Stars World Cup qualifying match is not less than $700,000.
He made this known as he explained the proposed $25 million needed to fund the national team activities for the next two years.
Speaking on Face to Face on Citi TV which is hosted by Umaru Sanda Amadu, the Minister said;
“Out of the $25 million, if we have to play in the AFCON, we have to prepare. And we need to play two friendly games. And besides that, the world cup qualifiers that we have to play, we will not spend less than $700,000 on each match.
Then we are then going to participate in the AFCON and we have to play a series of matches, all the way to the final. So this is an expensive venture.
We need to plan so we don’t have a repeat of what happened in Brazil when we don’t get money for the players, then they will refuse to pay and instead of focusing on delivery, everybody will now be on the minister.”
This proposed budget has been met with fierce rejection by Ghanaians. Many Ghanaians are of the view that the amount is huge adding that the current economical state of the country doesn’t warrant that such huge sums of money should be used for such purposes.
The argument of these Ghanaians is that the monies can be used for other pressing problems facing the country.