Govt Blows GH₵142m On National Teams

Mustapha Ussif

IT has emerged that the Sports Ministry before the 2022 FIFA World Cup has spent a whopping GH₵142,426, 907.36 on the Senior National Teams – the Black Stars and the Black Queens.

According to reports by Citi Fm, the Sports Ministry released a total of GH₵8,183,400 on the two-legged World Cup qualifiers between Ghana and Nigeria.

However, a total amount of GH₵63,019,369.62 was released as funds to support the Black Stars’ participation at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while an additional GH₵8,009,366.40 was released for the payment of the FIFA Rights Fee for the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation.

The Sports Ministry also released a total of GH₵57,224, 301.74 as funds to support the Black Stars in Qatar.

The Black Stars of Ghana crashed out of the World Cup tournament in Qatar in the group stages after losing to Portugal and Uruguay.

The senior national team, however, managed to win against South Korea in their second group game at the tournament which was won by Lionel Messi led Argentina.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, ahead of the World Cup revealed that the budget for Black Stars’ participation at the FIFA World Cup was $14.1 million.

He added that Ghana will spend $8.1 million for the group stages.

He noted that the amount will increase based on the stage the Black Stars will reach in the Mundial, adding that “Our group stage appearance will cost us an estimated $8,166,200.”