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GFA dares Ministry over football budget

Author: Bernard Neequaye
GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi
GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has rejected claims by the Ministry of Youth and Sports that government’s sports budget is often exhausted by football, particularly the senor national team, Black Stars, leaving the rest of the nation’s sports discipline without support.

The Ministry has always explained that government’s inability to provide for the other sporting federations are as a result of  over spending  on football activities.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the Communications Director of the GFA, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, said "We don't receive money from the Ministry and its, therefore a shame to say we exhaust government budget."

Mr Daara noted that monies due the various national teams on assignments from government  were routinely disbursed by officials of the ministry who travelled with the team.

He, however, explained that his outfit did not reveive monies directly from the Ministry on behalf of any of the national teams.

"The ministry always attaches an official from its outfit for national assignments, who spends government allocated funds on the national team and then later provide invoice to them on his return," he added.

The FA’s spokesperson said the GFA often relied on monies from FIFA, player transfers, gate proceeds and sponsors to run the association.