2023 Africa Cup of Nations: $3m was spent – Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif confirms

The Youth and Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, has confirmed that the country spent about $3m at the just-ended 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday, the sector minister revealed that the Ministry budgeted about $8.5m of which $5m was released by the Finance Ministry for the first phase of the competition.

According to him, the $5m released was meant to cater for “… per diems, flight arrangements for the team, medicals, equipment, logistics and hospitality,” and the remaining $2m was not used by his office.

“Mr Speaker, our estimated budget for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament was $8,506,450.00 to cater for the team’s pre-tournament and the Tournament Phases (group stages, 1/16 stage, quarter-final, semi-final and final),” he said.

“Out of the $8,506,450.00, $5,071,840.36 was released by the Ministry of Finance of which US$3,070,067.81 was spent on per diems, flight arrangements for the team, medicals, equipment, logistics and hospitality.

“This resulted in a surplus of $2,001,772.55, after our exit from the tournament,” he explained.

Mr Ussif also stated the Sports Ministry raised about $400,000 to support government’s efforts to give the team the best of preparations.

“An amount of US$400,000.00 was received from MTN Ghana. This contributed immensely in complimenting Government’s expenditure towards the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.”

He also dismissed reports suggesting that each Black Stars player was paid $30,000 before the final Group B game against Mozambique to motivate them in the crucial match.

“Mr Speaker, the Ministry had negotiated to pay bonuses should the team progress to the next round of the tournament, therefore, no qualification bonuses were paid due to the team’s exit at the group stage.

“Mr Speaker, this measure adopted by the Ministry, was aimed at motivating the team to go all out and progress from one stage of the competition to the other, and also ensure prudent management of resources,” he stated.

Ghana exited the AFCON group stage after drawing 2-2 against Mozambique in their final group game. This is the second consecutive time the Black Stars has exited at the group phase of the AFCON.

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