‘Appearance fees would have risen’

Mr Abudulai  Yakubu(left) and Mr Prosper Akpasu Photo,Seth OsabukleThe  issue of Appearance Fees in Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, has taken yet another twist as it has been revealed that the $100,000 would have increased, had the Black Stars progressed to the next stage of the competition.

Appearing before the Commission of Enquiry for the third time yesterday, Prosper Apasu Chief Accountant of the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS), said the $100,000 appearance fee was not meant for the entire tournament as perceived, but was to increase at each stage of the Mundial.

The 2014 World Cup budget, presented to the government by the Ghana Football Association (GFA), made provision for appearance fees from the Group Stage up to the finals of the tournament.

Hence, there would have been a massive increment in the amount for both the playing body and the technical team, as well as the management body had Ghana advanced to the next stage of the competition.

Ghana’s contingent of 40 at the Mundial was to receive $27,500 per head for all the group stage matches which would round up to $82,500 per head.

For the second round game, $30,000 was budgeted as appearance fee per head for the entire contingent, $35,000 per head for the quarter-finals, $40,000 per head for the semi-finals and $35,000 per head for appearing in the finals as well.

Failing to give reasons why that was the case, Mr. Apasu said that had been the case ever since, and stated that the GFA would be in the best of position to give reasons for that initiative.

The Chief Director at the MoYS, Alhaji Abdulai Yakubu, who was in the company of Mr. Apasu at the sitting, said they invited the GFA to a meeting to interrogate the budget and seek clarification on areas they were not clear with, before it was forwarded to government and the Ministry of Finance.

Mr. Apasu also disclosed to the Commission that the government spent a total of $471,130.39 on Ghana’s participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

According to him, a draft of the actual monies spent on the competition in 2014 was twofold, a total of GH¢1,478,250 and $4,474891.47.

That, he said was devoid of the loan of $4,300,751.08 government gave to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to foot the appearance fees paid for the contingent, which was yet to be reimbursed, and they would not account for that.

On the Public Interest Committee (PIC) approved by the Executive Committee of the GFA to, among other things liaise with the ministry and government for the purposes of building on GFA/Government relations, Alhaji Yakubu said it was not active and that it should…………


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