The Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Mustapha Ahmed has called on corporate bodies to come to the aid of the Ministry, to end the stand-off between the Black Queens and the Ministry, as funds are not available to meet their demands of the Queens.
Speaking to the media at the Polo grounds over the weekend, the Minister stated that they are currently faced with the problem of raising the amount for the Queens and need urgent support from corporate Ghana.
The Queens who returned from Congo Brazzaville after wining gold in the All-African Games have refused to vacate their hotel, until they are paid about $20,000 each in back-pay for several qualification matches spanning a period of two years.
The team rejected the $2,000 offer made by the ministry as bonus for winning gold and said they were bent on taking what they claim is due them.
“We are deficient and disadvantaged at the moment as there is not enough funds to meet the needs of the Queens”, he stated.
He added that the Ministry needs the support of corporate bodies and individuals to salvage the situation, to avoid further embarrassment.
“With the current situation, the only way out is to find money for the Queens and donors must come to our aid,” he stressed.
He said, the Ministry earlier appealed for funds from corporate Ghana ahead of the All-African Games but the money received was not sufficient for the purpose.
“For the entire appeal period, we only managed to raise GH¢270, 000 and that definitely wasn’t enough for the Games,” he stated.
The Ministry he said has been advocating for the involvement of corporate entities in sports and that support would be much appreciated in this crucial moment.
Meanwhile, the sports minister is cooling off in the United States while the FA takes an undue flak for government’s failure to pay the winning bonuses of the Black Queens.
By Michael D. Abayateye