Sports Minister urges to find other sources of funding

Mahama-AyarigaThe Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayaraga is reported to have said that officials of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) should find alternative means of remunerating themselves instead of depending on government.

The Sports minister who was on the JOY Sports Link last Saturday, said remunerations for officials of the Black Stars have been reviewed significantly.

“A lot has changed I can assure you, we have reviewed the remuneration package for the officials. We believe that the GFA can raise their own money to take care of themselves and not depend on government for that.”

Asked if it is true that the GFA officials will earn the same bonuses as players of the Black Stars, Mahama Ayariga said ‘I can assure you that they will earn significantly less than the players”.

The sports ministry last month announced that players on the national team are to earn $5000 for every game played at the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

The new package is a significant reduction in how much the Black Stars earn during major tournaments.

But the Sports minister told JOY Sports that the aim of this new bonus structure is to motivate the players to win a trophy and be rewarded for it.

The Black Stars will leave Accra for Spain this weekend where they are expected to continue their preparations for the 2015 Nations Cup.

Ghana is in Group C alongside Algeria, Senegal and South Africa.

The tournament kicks off on January 17, 2015 in Equatorial Guinea

In a related development, Mr. Ayariga advised Ghanaians against discussing the salaries and other benefits paid the Black Stars players.

His comment follows the announcement of a $5,000 bonus package for each player regardless of whether they win or lose the upcoming 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), which will be held in Equatorial Guinea.

Though the Minister stated that the money should not be a major motivational factor for the performance of the Black Stars players during the tournament, he insisted that “their motivation is to be available so that the world will see them, spot their talents and then project themselves.”

The $5,000 bonus has generated some discontent among the players while some have refused to take the money.

But speaking last Saturday, the Sports Minister said: “I am appealing to Ghanaians that as much as possible let’s try and minimize all the discussions that focus on the pay of the footballers when they go to participate in tournaments.”

He explained the importance for his request saying “I want us to avoid discussions that will distract them.”

The issue of bonus payment became controversial for the Ghana national team after a near player revolt marred the team’s 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil.

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