Sports Ministry denies throwing out budget on 2015 AFCON

MhmkwsMINISTER of Youth and Sports Mr. Mahama Ayariga has debunked news making rounds that the budget presented to the Ministry by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has been thrown out because of the huge figures presented.

According to him the Ministry is currently vetting the AFCON 2015 budget sent to the Ministry by the GFA.

“The Ministry vets every budget brought to it by the GFA and satisfy’s itself that all the activities in there are those that should be undertaken and supported by the Ministry and also funded with public funds before approving it”.

He said at times one is asked to go and redo a budget for a number of reasons, maybe one or two items have not been factored into the budget and as a Ministry we discuss and make such suggestions as well.

In a chat with Times Sports, Mr. Ayariga stated at their last meeting with the GFA on Tuesday it was clear the Black Stars coach Avram Grant is yet to take a decision on his backroom staff, where to go for camping ahead of the tournament, so the ideas the GFA had as to the number of backroom staff and where to go for camping and the figures presented concerning air travels will definitely change should the coach have different ideas, so as a Ministry they suggested that the GFA gets all those information from the coach and get back to the Ministry.

He promised that the final budget that will be approved will be a budget that will be in the good interest of all and which will cater for all the needs of the team to forestall any eventualities that may have happened in the past.

Answering a question as to whether Ghana can win the tournament, the Sport Minister said looking at the coach’s tenure it will be difficult to tire him to winning the tournament but we expect to go and win the tournament.

“Every coach goes to a tournament with the sole aim of winning the ultimate and that is the dream of the coach as well as Ghanaian, everybody is expecting the cup here in Ghana come the end of the tournament and the Ministry together with the GFA will stop at nothing to help him realise this dream.” should not be tired to winning the cup

On whether the Ministry would carry supporters to Equatorial Guinea, Mr. Ayariga said there is no decision on that yet.

Football thrives on support and at such major competitions support plays a key role in advancing the course of a team, noting that at the moment the Ministry is in touch with Ghana’s ambassador to Equatorial Guinea who is due in the country this weekend to brief the Ministry on the logistical issue on the ground.

He revealed that they will be making arrangements to support any travel agent who will be responsible in case people are able to afford to go for the tournament to supporter the Black Stars to victory.

By Raymond Ackumey

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