Don’t Sponsor Fans To Brazil – Pratt

ghana fansAce Ghanaian journalist Kwesi Pratt Jnr has warned government against sponsoring fans to the 2014 World Cup claiming it will be of no benefit to the country.

The Ghanaian authorities are contemplating sponsoring some fans to cheer the Black Stars at the global showpiece in Brazil in June.

But some have kicked against any move to send fans to the South American country at the expense of the tax payer due to the current economic downturn in the country.

Seasoned journalist and Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper Kwesi Pratt Jnr has warned government not to sponsor from government coffers, any supporters group to Brazil this coming June to cheer the Black Stars.

Mr. Pratt who was speaking on Adom FM said the amount of money budgeted for sponsoring football fans to Brazil could rather be channeled into other areas of developing the country.

“Those (Supporters) government sponsors to watch live World Cup games and Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) tournament, how does it profit or benefit the country?… Not even one person should go to the World Cup (Brazil 2014) by way of government sponsorship. If anyone wants to watch the games (Black Stars matches) in Brazil, they should fund it themselves,” he said

Averagely, a round trip to Brazil, which takes care of a return ticket, accommodation, feeding and tickets for the various matches will cost GHC27,000 or $12,000. This is not inclusive of internal transportation and other miscellaneous expenses.

In December, last year, Minister for Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, gave indication that the astronomical cost of sponsoring supporters to FIFA World Cup would compel the government to slash the number of supporters it would send to Brazil to support the Black Stars.

According to him, unlike the last tournament in South Africa three years ago when a lot of supporters benefited from the government assistance to cheer the team, the government could not afford the huge cost involved in the trans-continental travel to Brazil and high cost of accommodation and internal transport during the tournament, hence the need to assist just a sizeable number of supporters to the World Cup.

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