The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has once again presented a blank budget to the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The budget, which is in respect of Ghana Black Stars’ participation in January’s African Cup of Nations in Gabon, was received by the sector ministry yesterday without the usual detailed financial figures.
Sources close to the sports ministry confirmed the story but pleaded anonymity.
Efforts to reach the FA spokesman, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, were unsuccessful.
However, he was reported to have underlined the rationale behind the association’s action in an interview with a Kumasi-based Metro FM yesterday.
“The GFA has sent yet another blank budget to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the Black Stars participation for the 2017 AFCON.
“So, they are going to assign figures to the items we have given. We don’t want the situation that the MOYS (Sports Ministry) will say we have presented an inflated budget,” Daara was quoted as saying.
Daara’s confirmation was a tear-away with widespread reports in the media indicating that the FA submitted a UD$5.4million budget to government for the Nations Cup.
The ministry’s sources also debunked reports that government rejected the said budget presented by the GFA.
“It is true a black budget was presented but the ministry never threw it away as it’s being speculated.
“In fact, talks are still ongoing to ensure we all agree on a budget that would be mutually acceptable,” the source added.
Interestingly, it is the second time the FA has presented a blank budget to the Ministry of Sports.
The nation’s football governing body sent a similar proposal to authorities during the Black Stars 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Tamale, in October this year.
Apparently, the FA had been upset by comments of the Minister for Youth and Sports, Nii Lante Vanderpuye’s that suggested that the former spends nearly $1 million on every Black Stars game, and therefore the ministry was going to draw its own budget for the game.
Indeed, there has been bad blood between the two institutions with the Minister at a time referring to the FA as a “corrupt body.”
The Stars have been drawn against Egypt, Uganda and Mali in their group, with Coach Avram Grant expected to begin a non-residential camping on December 28 for the Stars.
By John Vigah