Soccer News of 2014-06-12

We can only sponsor a few supporters to Brazil – Gov’t

Minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, has attributed government’s inability to transport as many Ghanaians as possible to Brazil to support the Black Stars to the unavailability of funds.
About 500 hundred Ghanaian supporters are expected to throng the various stadia in Brazil when the Black Stars open their campaign against the United States of America.
Ghana have been paired in Group G alongside Germany, Brazil and Portugal and will play their first game against the United States of America on Monday, June 16.
Government of Ghana has always paid for supporters to travel to World Cup venues to support the Black Stars and the reports about the high cost of traveling to Brazil, many are wondering if government will be sending as many supporters to support the stars this time round.
However, in an interview with Citi News, Mr. Ankrah revealed that government does not have enough money to sponsor as many fans like it did in the past.
“People are used to Germany where 2000 people went, and South Africa where over 3000 people went. So naturally there is expectation that in Brazil, especially those who have been going that the supporters will go. That is where the challenge is because the cost is so high that we can’t just take as many people as possible,” he said.
He further added that “I wish we could get like some 10 aircrafts but that is not possible. It is our advantage to carry many Ghanaians there but it comes at a huge cost".