Black Stars need a whopping $25m for Afcon and 2022 World Cup campaigns – Sports Minister

The senior national team, the Black Stars will need a whopping $25m for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in Cameroon, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, has revealed.

This was made known during a breakfast meeting with Chief Executive Officers from corporate Ghana at the Jubilee House in Accra on Monday.

The Black Stars have already booked their spot at next year’s Afcon and will start the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup in June later this year.

In order to adequately fund both campaigns, the Minister has embarked on fund-raising efforts from corporate Ghana to support the team.

“It is the dream of the nation to win the Africa Cup of Nations again in Cameroon next year, and to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” the Sports Minister said.

“These campaigns require a substantial amount of investment to be able to execute this mandate, approximately $25 million and government alone cannot shoulder this responsibility at the expense of other sporting disciplines.

“Supporting the Black Stars will enable government to use the sports budget to support other disciplines especially as we gear towards the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“Historically, the Black Stars have performed well every time corporate Ghana has backed them and it is our hope that you will do same again,” Mustapha Ussif told a gathering of CEOs from corporate Ghana.

The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, announced at the meeting that government will provide $10 million of the required amount with a 5-member committee, headed by the Sports Minister, tasked to raise the remaining $15 million.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Football Association [GFA] have tasked head coach of the side, CK Akonnor to end the country’s 39 years trophy drought.

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the meeting stated that government will provide $10 million of the required amount with a 5-member committee, headed by the Sports Minister, expected to raise the remaining $15 million.

The committee includes deputy minister of youth and sports designate, Evans Bobie Opoku, Ghana football Association head Kurt Okraku, head coach Charles Akonnor and former Ghana international Sammy Kuffuor.

Source: Modern Ghana

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