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General News Wed, 24 Jul 2019

How Sports Ministry blew $4.5m on AFCON 2019

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has today presented Parliament with an itemised breakdown detailing Ghana's expenditure at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

According to the Minister, the state spent $4,564,532.00 during the competition.

Prior to the tournament, media reports had suggested that the nation had budgeted between $7m and $15m for the competition.

However, the MOYS had denied the reports and promised to account to the people's representatives after the one-month biennial tournament.

Mr Asiamah who was harangued by the media to disclose the budget before the tournament, finally announced to Parliament that the country budgeted 6.3 million dollars for the campaign which ended in defeat for the Black Stars.

EMPRESS COURT He stated that the approved budget comprised expenditure for a training tour and other tournament related activities, adding that $1.7m which was not expended will be returned to the state.

"Now the actual expenditure, Mr SPeaker emphasis on actual expenditure, Mr Speaker an amount of $4,564,532 was expended on the training tour till the time Ghana exited the from the main tournament".

Bonuses

Per the breakdown provided by Mr Asiamah, a total of 1,489,432 was spent on winning bonuses for the 23-man squad of players, the technical team and additional winning bonus to additional technical staff.

The players received a total of $965,405.00, the technical team got $347,027.00 and the additional technical staff bagged $177,000.00 as the Black Stars crashed out at the Round of 16 stage against Tunisia.

It will be recalled that Ghana played four games before suffering elimination at the hands of Tunisia. The Stars won only one game against Guinea-Bissau (2-0) and drew 2-2 with Benin and played out a 0-0 draw with AFCON holders Cameroon in the group stage.

Per diems

Kwasi Appiah's 23-man squad pocketed $187,050 in per diems while the technical staff which also included the likes of Ibrahim Tanko (assistant coach), Richard Kingson (goalkeepers trainer) and Stephen Appiah (team coordinator) bagged $129,600 and the additional technical staff also earned $90,750.

Meanwhile, $1,143,519 was spent on accommodation and $419,300 was spent on feeding.

Source: Graphic.com.gh
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