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Sports Ministry confirm receipt of Ghana’s share of 2022 World Cup money

According to the Sports Ministry, Ghana's share of the 2022 FIFA World Cup prize money has been paid

The Minister for Sports, Mustapha Ussif has confirmed the receipt of the prize money by the Ghana Football Association from the Balck Stars participation in the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Ghana who were among the five African countries that participated at the Mundial in December 2022 and exited the tournament from the group stage is reported to have spent an estimated $5.1 million during the showpiece.

At a Press Briefing at the Ministry of Information on Wednesday, 26th July 2023, Mustapha Ussif said, the country’s football governing body have received the prize money from FIFA.

“We have received [the World Cup prize money]. The FA has written to the Ministry that FIFA has transferred the prize money to the FA. They’ve written to us and I’ve also written to my bosses. My bosses are yet to respond. Once the response comes,” he confirmed.

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Explaining how the money will be used he said the FA has written to its office seeking for approval to use parts of the money on infrastructural development.

“We have precedent. In the 2006 World Cup, when the prize money came, there was a portion that was given to the FA for sports development and infrastructure development, and a portion was sent to the Consolidated Fund.

Then in 2010, the government invested [in the team] so when the prize money came, everything was taken by the government. In 2014, when the prize money came, some was given to the FA for their participation in the AFCON in 2015. This time we are just about to go to the AFCON.

We also want to develop some sports infrastructure.  The FA have written that they want to improve the infrastructure at Prampram.”

The Minister added “It’s something that we need to get Executive approval for.  We have written we’ve made very various options available to my bosses to give me approval before we can communicate to the public.”

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