The Black Stars of Ghana failed to reach the knock out stage of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after managing to secure just three points from their three group games. The Black Stars lost their opening game against former European champions, Portugal by 3-2.
Their second game was against South Korea where they managed to earn their first three points of the tournament through a 3-2 win over the Asians to raise some hope of a round sixteen stage qualification. Their third and final game of the tournament was however a bad result when they lost by 2-0 against old foes, Uruguay to exit the tournament at the group stage.
That notwithstanding, the Ministry of Youth and Sports incurred some costs after some monies were expended at the tournament.
Youth and Sports Minister, Honourable Mustapha Ussif was in parliament and had this to say about the budget for the World Cup.
“Our estimated budget at the group stage was $8.1million.
“Out of this estimated budget Mr. Speaker, our total expenditure for the group stage participation amounted to $5,171, 840.
“These expenditures covered appearance free, per diem, flight arrangements, medicals, equipment logistics, and hospitality.”
“Mr. Speaker the reason for the surplus of $3 million after our exit from the group stage is the result of the ministry’s prudent management of resources as well as the ministry’s decision to negotiate on qualification bonus for the next round instead of paying winning bonuses per match.”
“What this means is that in spite of our black stars defeating South Korea in our second group match we did not pay any winning bonus for that game”. Honourable Mustapha Ussif said.
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