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Government and GFA Agreed on A Staggering $8.5 Million Budget for AFCON 2023, North Tongu MP Reveals

Despite persistent efforts by Parliament and Ghanaian sports journalists, the Youth and Sports Minister and FA officials have refused to disclose the budget, sparking concerns about transparency and accountability in governance.

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has in a shocking revelation exposed the Ghanaian government and Ghana Football Association’s elaborate attempts to conceal the jaw-dropping budget allocated for the preparation and participation of the Black Stars in the 2024 AFCON.

Despite persistent efforts by Parliament and Ghanaian sports journalists, the Youth and Sports Minister and FA officials have refused to disclose the budget, sparking concerns about transparency and accountability in governance.

However, in a recent social media post, Ablakwa said he relied on “unimpeachable, irrefutable, and indisputable intercepted documents” to reveal the specific figure.

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“From these documents,” Ablakwa stated, “I can boldly confirm that the Ghanaian government and the GFA put together and agreed on a budget of US$8,506,450.00 for AFCON preparations and participation.”

This figure, Ablakwa explained, translates to “a colossal GH₵105 million” at the current exchange rate. He emphasized that this amount is separate from the GH₵27.9 million spent on the qualifiers.

Additionally, he provided details about the source of his information, stating that the figure is contained in an intercepted letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, dated January 2, 2024.

This letter, addressed to the Minister of Finance, requests a partial payment of US$5,071,840.36 from the total Black Stars budget. It is signed by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. William Kartey, on behalf of the Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif.

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It’s worthy to note that the scandalous GHS105 million budget failed to guarantee on-field success, leading to increased scrutiny of government and FA officials

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