Sports Minister announces Black Stars expenditure at World Cup

File photo: Mohammed Salisu leads the celebration in a goal against South Korea in the FWC 

Prior to the World Cup in Qatar, the minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Usif appeared in parliament with an estimated budget of 14.1 million dollars.

A budget as explained by the sector minister indicated that, 8.1 million dollars will be spent during the group stages as the target of the Black Stars was to reach the semi final stage hence the 14.1 million dollars.

A more revelation by Hon. Mustapha Usif as per regards of the actual amount spent in Qatar was $5,171, 840 out of the 8.1 million dollars expected at the group stage.

Accounting to the Parliament on Wednesday December 21st, the minister disclosed that, a surplus of 3 million dollars was realized from the 8.1 million dollars. This he said includes flight arrangements, medical expenses, logistics, equipments per diems etc.

"Mr. Speaker, a 14.1 million dollars was budgeted for the Black Stars. An amount to lead us to the semi final stage. Out of which, the Black Stars will spend 8.1 million dollars in the group stages. Mr. Speaker, our exit in the group stage of the FWC means that, an expenditure of 5.1 million dollars was only spent from the 8.1 million dollars budgeted."

"Mr. Speaker, the 5.1 million dollars covers flight arrangements, logistics, equipments, per diems etc. I am happy to say, we made a surplus of 3 million dollars from the 8.1 million dollars earlier budgeted for the group stage."

The minister also said, there was a negotiation with the players of not paying winning bonus as they will only be paid a qualification bonus to the next round.

"Mr. Speaker, the reason for the surplus of three million dollars after our exit from the group stages is as a result of the ministry's prudent management of resources as well as the ministry's position to negotiate on qualification bonus for the next round instead of paying winning bonuses per match"

Ghana Black Stars despite their exit at the group stage will receive an amount of 9 million dollars from FIFA.

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