Ghana spent $5.1m at World Cup – Mustapha Ussif

 The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Mustapha Ussif, has disclosed that Ghana spent an estimated $5.1 million at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The amount is $3 million less than the $8.1 million that was budgeted for the tournament.

Otto Addo’s team exited the com­petition at the group stage following defeats to Portugal and Uruguay.

The team missed out on a winning bonus despite the 3-2 victory against South Korea in the second group game.

According to the Member of Parliament, the ministry’s prudent management of resources and negotiation of a qualification bonus resulted in the saved funds.

On the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, December 21, 2022, Mu­stapha Ussif said: “Our estimated ­budget at the group stage was $8.1million.

“Out of this estimated budget, Mr. Speaker, our total expenditure for the group stage participation amounted to $5,171, 840.

“These expenditures covered appearance free, per diem, flight arrangements, medicals, equipment logistics, and hospitality.”

“Mr Speaker the reason for the surplus of $3 million after our exit from the group stage is the result of the ministry’s prudent manage­ment of resources as well as the ministry’s decision to negotiate on qualification bonus for the next round instead of paying winning bonuses per match.”

“What this means is that in spite of our Black Stars defeating South Korea in our second group match we did not pay any winning bonus for that game.”

Ghana will get a total of $10.5 million from FIFA for partici­pating in the 2022 World Cup.

$1.5 million has already been disbursed by the world’s football governing body for the preparation of the senior national team.

The remaining $9 million from FIFA is the prize money for exiting the group stage.

Ghana sent a budget of $16 million to the 2006 World Cup in Germany, which increased to $19 million for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and $9 million dollars for the 2014 World Cup.

The country received $4.9 million, $11 million, and $8 million from FIFA for partak­ing in 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups respectively. –Cit­inewsroom

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