We didn't receive $800,000 from BoG for Nicaragua, Brazil friendlies - GFA

BY: Kweku Zurek
GFA President, Kurt Okraku
GFA President, Kurt Okraku

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has denied media reports that it received $800,000 from the government to cover expenses incurred as a result of the Black Stars' international friendly matches in September.

The Black Stars played Brazil and Nicaragua in friendlies as part of preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and the GFA is alleged to have received $800,000 from the Ministry of Finance to cover the team’s expenditure for both games.

Reacting to the reports in a tweet, the GFA President, Kurt Okraku said there was no truth in the reports.

He posted: "I have just come out of court to read that the Ministry of Finance gave the Ghana FA USD 800,000 to honour two friendly games against Brazil and Nicaragua. FACT check! This is false. Kindly ignore".

In another update, the GFA said the news was not only false but a calculated attempt to defame the GFA.

"The news is not only FALSE but a calculated lie to pitch the public against the Ghana Football Association, drag our name in the mud and defame the Association," the GFA update said.

"We would like to state categorically, that Bank of Ghana has not transferred any amount in relation to our friendly matches against Brazil and Nicaragua to the account of the Ghana Football Association. We would like the public to disregard that frivolous reportage".