Sports Ministry to give green light on AFCON budget

SPORTS Minister Mahama Ayariga has disclosed that his outfit is done with Ghana’s budget for the African Cup of Nations.

This comes after a lot of back-and-forth between the Ghana FA and Ayariga’s office about how much should be taken for the competition.

“We will try and finish off the budgetary issues and then put in the request and try and get it out of the system before the second week in January,” he told Citi Sports.

According to Citi Sports, Ayariga’s Ministry had earlier instructed the Ghana FA to revise its budget for the tournament, with the team not fully decided whether to camp in Spain or in the United Arab Emirates.

The GFA is reported to have wanted to base in Abu Dhabi while Avram Grant is said to prefer Spain.

Ayariga: “We are trying to get all this sorted because of the fact that its the end of the financial year.”

The GFA is said to have sent a budget to the Sports Ministry for consideration based on ‘past experience’ with respect to the camping site for the Black Stars.

Meanwhile, Sulley Muntari is reported to have shown said to have shown remorse and preparing to render a public apology. Ghanasportsonline.com understands.

The 28-year-old is currently serving an indefinite suspension from the Black Stars after his disruptive behavior at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Muntari was said to have attacked FA executive committee member Moses Armah Parker “unprovoked” during a meeting between the management team and the playing body at the team’s camp in Maceio [Brazil].

His behavior saw him packing out of the camp alongside compatriot Kevin-Prince Boateng who was also said to have assaulted the then Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah during a training session.

But sources close to the player have revealed to Ghanasportsonline.com that the AC Milan star is preparing to deliver a public apology after several conversations with friends, family members and renowned Ghanaian football administrators.

Ghana coach Avram Grant, over the weekend, traveled to Milan to hold talks with the firebrand midfielder for a possible return to the Black Stars team ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

Although Muntari’s parents have publicly rendered an apology on behalf of their son, the Ghana FA has stated it will only invite the former Inter Milan man back into the national team if he shows remorse.

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