Following the just concluded African Cup of Nations in Egypt, fans, Journalists and Minister of Sports in Ghana have been spitting fire over the huge budget allocated to the competition without anything to show for it footballlive.ng gathers.
Ghana’s participation in the just concluded AFCON with the hope of coming home with some priceless ornament was not to be.
The Black Stars campaign in Egypt is been famously compared to a “white elephant project”.
“Our dream, though might have been shattered because of our draughty campaign at the tournament, the budget used for the competition has become highly topical” says Black Stars fan, Kofi Sarpriko.
Another fan, Suleyman Alleh said, “Out of the $6 million earmarked for the tournament, $4.5 million was spent, according to the Sports Minister. This, to many Ghanaians, is unacceptable.”
While some hold the view that the amount is extravagantly huge, others see it to be outrageous to spend $4.5 million for a trophy that fetches the ultimate winner the same amount of $4.5 million.
To many, it is a tragic waste of resources and in the light of these reasons and many others, Ghanaians have up in arms with the Sports Minister and the government over the expenditure.
Here’s a history of Ghana’s budgetary expenditure in previous tournaments, including the World Cup:
In the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Ghana spent $2.5 million.
In 2008, the government spent $3.5 million to execute the AFCON.
In 2010, the Black Stars were allocated a whopping $19.5 million for the World Cup.
In 2012, $9.3 million was spent on Ghana’s AFCON campaign.
At the 2014 World Cup, $20 million was earmarked and disbursed to the FA for the Black Stars.
In the 2015 AFCON, $5.8 million was expended.
In the 2017 AFCON, $3.37 million was spent.
In the 2019 AFCON, we have spent $4.5 million.