Ghana has approved a budgetary allocation of Gh¢ 24,677,025 ($9,622,170) for the Black Stars participation at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The package is to aid the Ghana’s quest to go farthest in the competition. Other African participants are Algeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria.
A government statement said an initial GH¢10,500,000 ($4,094,210) has been set for the group stage, plus a further GH¢14,177,025 ($5,527,970) in the event the team advances out of the first round.
“Cabinet has approved the release of GH¢10,500,000 to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to finance Ghana’s participation in the first group stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
“A further amount of GH¢14,177,025 has also been budgeted to cover the team’s expenses when they qualify for subsequent stages of the competition. This brings Government commitment to the Black Stars’ participation to a total of GH¢24,677,025” the statement read.
The Black Stars, making a third successive appearance at the World Cup are housed in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.
The Ghanaians have emerged Africa’s best performer on their two previous outings, reaching the round of 16 and quarter-final in 2006 (Germany) and 2010 (South Africa).
Meanwhile, the Black Stars will engage the Netherlands on May 31 in Rotterdam in a warm-up game for the tournament.
( Courtesy Confederation of African Football…….Source……Our Sport Freelance Contributor in Accra )