The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has downplayed reports that the Black Stars spent $25m at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Following the team’s disappointing performance at the tournament in Cameroon, news went rife that the government squandered $25m through the Black Stars’ campaign.
Speaking on the floor of parliament earlier this week, Hon. Mustapha Ussif debunked the reports.
“The $25m was a fundraising drive to raise an amount to be able to support various sporting events. It is not the amount given to the Black Stars for the AFCON campaign”, Mustapha Ussif clarified.
“Out of the fundraising drive seeking corporate support to support our national teams, the ministry has been able to realize $2m out of the said target of $25m and I want to use this opportunity to set the records straight”, he added.
Ghana were knocked out of the group stages of the AFCON in Cameroon with a point. The team lost 1-0 to Morocco in the first group game, threw an early lead to draw 1-1 against Gabon in the second game and lost 3-2 to minnows Comoros in the final group game.
The disappointing performance led to the sacking of Head Coach Milovan Rajevac and the disbandment of the Technical team and Management Commitee of the team.