Minister of Youth and Sports reveals how Ghana’s prize money from the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be spent

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Ghana’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif has confirmed that the country has received its portion of the 2022 World Cup prize money from the World football governing body, FIFA.

The honorable minister made the revelation at a press briefing held on Wednesday, June 26, during which he detailed how the funds would be used.

“The GFA has written to the Ministry that FIFA has transferred the prize money of the 2022 World Cup to the FA,” Mustapha Ussif said.

“We are just about going to AFCON. We also want to improve some sports infrastructure. The FA has written to us that they want to improve the infrastructure at Prampram,” he added,

In a recent interview, General Secretary of the Ghana FA disclosed that his outfit has sent a proposal to the government of the country seeking portion of the World Cup prize money.

“In the last three World Cups, it was only one time that the FA benefited from the World Cup purse, which was invested in the Regional Football Association (RFA) by purchasing vehicles for them to supervise the Colts League, Division Two, Division Three and Women’s Division One League,” he said on Asaase Radio.

“This time round we’ve presented our case that we must be given some of the money for some things we need to do. Some going to the Regional football, at grass-root level. Some going to the clubs and some going into our technical center.

“So we’ve made our case and hopefully our case will see favor. If we get some, we will do the things we need to,” he added.

Following Ghana’s early exit from the World Cup, the Ghana FA received $9.0 million. The FA were earlier handed $1.5 million as a preparation fee, taking Ghana’s total World Cup earning to $10.5 million.

The move from the FA to invest portion of the World Cup prize money into the clubs and the various leagues, including the regional leagues forms part of promises made by President Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku before he assumed office in October 2019, an initiative he termed the Special World Cup Benefit Fund.

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