Mustapha Ussif, the Member of Parliament for Yagaba Kubori Constituency, has revealed that it will cost Ghana $700,000 for each of the world cup qualifyings matches the Black Stars’ will play ahead of the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup.
He made this revelation during a one on one discussion with Umaru Sanda on Face To Face. Speaking on the $25 million budget proposal to the government, Mr. Mustapha Ussif explained why his ministry put out such proposal indicating that it is to cover all expenses of all national teams in the country for two years.
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The Black Stars will play against South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia in the world cup qualifiers – playing each country twice for a total of six matches – thus $5.6 million in total.
That said, should Ghana top the group, the Black Stars will then be drawn against one of the other ten group winners in the last round of qualifiers for home and away tie that will determine the five countries to represent the continent in Qatar.
“Out of the $25 million, if we have to play in the AFCON, we have to prepare. And we need to play two friendly games. And besides that, the world cup qualifiers that we have to play, we will not spend less than $700,000 on each match.
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“Then we are then going to participate in the AFCON and we have to play a series of matches, all the way to the final. So this is an expensive venture.
“We need to plan so we don’t have a repeat of what happened in Brazil when we don’t get money for the players, then they will refuse to pay, and instead of focusing on delivery, everybody will now be on the minister.
However, the government in the wake of the $25 million budget request made by the Ministry, has already given $10 million and charged the ministry to raise the remaining $15 million by putting together a four-member team headed by the Sports Minister.