‘Give World Cup money as loan to GFA’

Updated: March 12, 2014

Outspoken football administrator, Mr Jonathan Abbey Pobee, says the $20 million budget proposed as financial support for the Black Stars for their participation in this years World Cup in Brazil, when approved, must be given to the GFA in the form of a loan which must be accounted for after the tournament.

That, according to him, is because FIFA, as the world football governing body, has made provisions for all the 32 countries playing at the tournament and since participating in the group stage alone will earn the Black Stars as much as $8million, the FA will be self-sufficient to cater for its expenses.

That amount, he said, is enough to serve as appearance fee and bonuses for the close to 40-member contingent, made up of players, seven team officials and all the 10 management committee members.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the Neoplan Stars chairman said the GFA could also make do with the $5 million sponsorship package from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) and suggested that out of the $8million to be earned by playing in the group stage, each player, officials and members of the management team could be given $100, 000, an expenditure he extimated to be about $4 million.

“The remaining $4 million could be used for the payment of per diem and winning bonuses,” he pointed out, and said aside that amount, the Black Stars also have very attractive sponsorship packages from other corporate institutions such as Guinness Ghana Breweries, Rice Master, Globacom and Unibank among other sponsors, whose contributions could add up to the money to be provided by FIFA.

“All the participating countries receive sufficient money from FIFA and so why is the GFA still demanding $20 million from the government of Ghana?” Mr Pobee asked, and advised the GFA to abide by Article 7 of its statutes by allowing the Public Interest Committee to play its role effectively.

Meanwhile, readers would recall that the Youth and Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, pledged to account for every “penny and pesewa” of the Black Stars expenditure for the FIFA World Cup.

Mr Afriyie-Ankrah also promised to ensure the judicious use of the money and bring the remainder back into state coffers.”

The minister gave these assuraces when the SIC Insurance and its affiliate SIC Life Company presented two cheques totalling 150,000 Ghana cedis and 100, 000 Ghana cedis respectively to support the Black Stars in their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil in June.

Source : Daily Graphic

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