The Sports Ministry has denied reports of an $8 million budget for Ghana’s campaign at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt.
Reports were rife in the media that the Management team of the Black Stars and the GFA Normalization Committee had secured the approval of the budget by government.
Per the reports, all 23 players will receive appearance fees and increased per diems from $ 100 to $ 150. The team’s winning bonus will also shoot up from US$ 5,000 to US$10,000 while head coach Kwasi Appiah will take double that amount.
But spokesperson of the Sports Ministry, Elvis Adjei Baah denies the reports.
“I can confirm that there is no budget approved yet or in place for the Afcon.
“There is a delegation team currently in Abu Dhabi trying to hunt for camping facilities for our team and so I am unable to understand why a budget should be approved when that exercise is not done yet.
“Once everything is concluded and is appropriate for us to let Ghanaians know how much will be spent on the Black Stars, definitely the good people of Ghana will know. But as I speak now, we have not approved any budget for the Afcon campaign,” he tells Starr Sports.
Ghana, who have been pitted in Group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau, are expected to kick off preparations for the Nations Cup late May in Accra before heading to the UAE on June 1.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled for June 21 to July 19, 2019.