Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has revealed that government spent approximately $8,017,099.19 on Ghana’s preparation and participation in the just ended 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
According to him the Ministry spent $4,774,519.19 on preparation and $3,242,580.00 on Ghana’s participation in the AFCON.
He made this revelation when he gave a detailed account of all expenses made by government during the tournament.
The public have been demanding a detailed account of how much the country spent on the Black Stars and the technical team before and during the tournament. The Minister had early on refused to disclose the budget allocation for the AFCON with the explanation that the budget report will be submitted to the appropriate authorities.
Mr. Ayariga revealed that out of the amount, $932,740 and $3,242,580.00 were approved for boarding and lodging, air-fair, per diem, friendly matches, and other expenses of the team for its training camp in Seville, Spain.
Also, $648,640 was approved for per diem allowances, boarding and lodging and other expenses for the players and the officials of for the tournament phase. $3,224,139.20 was approved for the bonuses and honorarium for the players, the technical and management team, as well as other officials of the team.
He however, indicated that the winning bonuses and honorariums of the technical team and other officials of the team were reduced by between 20% and %30 of the previous payment structure.
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