The President of the land, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo met the senior national soccer team, Black Star. The President in his speech charged the team to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and at least reach the semi-finals in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
"The target is to bring the cup home by winning the AFCON 2022. We must go a step further than our second-place finishes in 1992, 2010, and 2015. We must also reach at least the semi-finals of the next World Cup. Our exploits in 2010, where we reached the quarter-finals in South Africa, tells us that once prepared, we have the quality and the talent to match any of the best teams in the world" - President Akufo-Addo urges Black Star.
President Akufo-Addo added that "For these achievements to be realized, it will a budget of $25 Million". This proposed budget from the President to the Black Stars has come under serious 'attack' from Ghanaians.
The Joy FM Sports Journalist, Gary Al-Smith reacted to this budget saying "It's not that we've not thrown money at AFCONs or World Cup before. We have. At least, 8 to 10 different times. It's clear when we did well that it wasn't about the money. When we didn't do well, the problems money brought was usually a factor. So why $25m again? $25m is a lot of money. Seriously, money helps, but $25m is a lot of money. We have fundamentals we need to strengthen. Our fundamentals are weak. Money won't solve the problems".
Most Ghanaians supported his opinion as they said that this government seems to tackle problems from the wrong angle. They cited an example of what happened during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Our failure in that competition was our plan to put money first resulting in a horrible and 'shameful' end.
Some Ghanaians also believe that this government seems to have a misplaced priority in most of its decisions. They again cited an example of the government priority to build a National Cathedral whiles some schools are still under trees, Akufo-Addo's aim to build a National Award House whiles there is still a double-tracking system in SHS. The $25 Million can do a lot of infrastructure development in Ghana. Check out comments from some concerned Ghanaians:
A Facebook user known as Madeforminds said that "A total misplaced priority. And you think God will sit and let this happens at the expense of our poor health care systems amongst others. Failed leaders".
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