Cabinet approves Gh¢24 million World Cup budget

Ghana's cabinet has approved Gh

¢24,677,025 as the total budget for the

Blacks Stars as they compete in the 2014

World Cup festivities to be held in Brazil this


This was contained in a press release signed

by Minister for Information & Media

Relations, Mahama Ayariga.

A breakdown of the total amount indicates

that for the first group stage of the

competition, Cabinet has approved the

release of GH¢10,500,000 to the Ghana

Football Association (GFA) to finance Ghana's


For subsequent stages of the competition, a

further amount of GH¢14,177,025 has also

been budgeted to cover the team's expenses

if they qualify.

This brings Government commitment to the

Black Stars' participation to a total of GH


Every budget for Ghana's World Cup

participation resurrects a ritual of debate

over whether the amount is prudent for a

one-month long competition or an overly

wasteful outlay of scarce resources.

This year has not been an exception.

Circling media reports had claimed the Ghana

Football Association submitted a budget of

around US$ 20 million to the Ministry of

Youth and Sports for approval.

News of it unleashed a familiar 'Ghana is too

poor' chorus and a melody of an impending

malfeasance at the World Cup.

The GFA and the Minister of Sports, Elvis

Afriyie Ankrah had kept silent and only

assured the amount would be made public


Ghana had a budget of US$19 million

approved for the last edition of the World

Cup in South Africa in 2010.

In the statement, Cabinet also has expressed

great confidence in the Ghana Black Stars

and its technical team and said it is satisfied

with the preparations made so far towards

Ghana's participation in the World Cup in



Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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