Each World Cup qualifying match to cost at least $700.000 -Youth & Sports Minister

    Ghana’s 2022 World Cup qualifying matches will cost the country not less than $700.000 per game.

    This is according to the Minister for Youth and Sports, Honourable Mustapha Ussif in an interview with Citi TV on Tuesday.

    This comes at the back of the Government’s $25 million budget approval for national team activities for the next two years.

    The Black Stars will engage South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in the qualifiers, playing each country twice for a total of six matches.

    If Ghana tops the group, they will then be drawn against one of the other ten group winners in the last round of qualifiers for a home and away tie that will determine the five countries to represent the continent in Qatar.

    Speaking in an interview with host of Face to Face Umaru Sanda Amadu on how much of the $25 million will go to funding Black Stars activities, the Minister said the team’s qualifying campaign for the world cup alone will cost the state an estimated $5.6 million.

    “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.

    “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 minister,” he said.

    Government has already dedicated $10 million to the Ministry and put together a five-member team headed by the Sports Minister to raise the remaining $15 million to make up the ministry’s required $25 million.


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