Youth And Sports Minister, Mahama Ayariga, has given reasons for the non-disclosure of budgets meant for the Black Stars participation at the just ended AFCON 2015 in Equatorial Guinea, saying that the widespread pessimistic interests in financial matters sought to distract the team’s focus on the tournament.
According to him, his long silence over matters relating to the budget was to put to rest attempted schemes to shift the focus of the team to irrelevant and unnecessary public noise on air which could have distracted the positive mentality of the entire team.
“We decided not to talk about the budget because these were discussions that were being put up to distract the team,” Mahama Ayariga stated.
He was speaking on Asempa FM’s Eko Sii Sen afternoon political talk show.
Ivory Coast won its 2nd Nations Cup title in nearly a quarter of a century on Sunday, edging past neighbours Ghana 9-8 in a dramatic penalty shootout after extra time ended in a goalless draw.
Touching on the reward of $75,000 for each player, he went on to add that the Black Stars deserved every drop of fortune being spent on them since they played well and ensured that Ghana entered the finals.
“The players deserve every reward since they placed their lives on the line at a point when a whole nation like Equatorial Guinea were at their crazy best throwing missiles and other objects….You should have been there to witness how the boys survived these attacks,” he said.
He, however, assured Ghanaians that his outfit was putting together a report on the entire tournament and where every dollar would be accounted for.
The Black Stars has benefited a $25,000 each package from their headline sponsor GNPC for placing second at the 30th African Cup of Nations hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
The team further walked away with $50,000 each as cash prize for getting into the finals summing up to $75,000 each in all.
The announcement was made by the his Excellency President John Dramani Mahama at the Flag Staff House in Accra when the team led by the President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) went to greet the first man on the land and show him the awards they won at the continent’s biggest event.
He also acknowledged Unibank who donated $200,000 to the team.
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