April 24, 2024
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The government of Ghana, through the sports Ministry, has blown a fortune at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire.

The Sports Ministry has spent a minimum of $800,000 on supporters who travelled to Côte d’Ivoire for AFCON 2023.

Grape vine sources have confirmed that the Ministry paid each supporter a honorarium of $400.

On Wednesday, a press conference addressed by the leadership of the supporters confirmed they had received the said amount from the Sports Ministry.

Sources say the Ministry has paid monies to over 2,000 supporters in Côte d’Ivoire, which would mean they have spent $800,000 on the supporters.

An unspecified amount is said to have been spent on accommodation for some stranded supporters in Côte d’Ivoire.

Should the Black Stars progress to the next round of the competition, the Ministry will pay another tranche of honorarium; $400 to the supporters.

This has been the practise since Ghana qualified for the FIFA World Cup in 2006.

In 2014, the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission advised against government funding of organised supporter groups to major tournaments.

The Commission’s recommendations were subsequently adopted and a white paper was issued by the then John Mahama government.

Despite the government White paper, which is the equivalent of a high court ruling, successive governments have airlifted supporters to major tournaments.

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