2022 CHAN: The Government Did Not Promise Anyone $10,000 : Deputy Sports Minister Hon. Evans Opoku—Bobie

Speaking on Genesis radio, Hon. Evans Opoku Bobbie said that the government did not promise anyone $10,000 but that it was a budgetary proposal by the Ghana Football Association (GFA).

The deputy minister of youth and sports Hon. Evans Opoku stated it emphatically clear that there was no promise to the GFA from the government that he will pay $10,000 to anyone. Some people at the GFA try to play mafia tactics and also influence some sports journalists to spread false news when it comes to financing our national teams.

Anyone who has proof or evidence that the government promised the said amount should come out with it so the ministry will be ashamed. The deputy minister said the GFA presents every tournament with a budget proposal, and the ministry of sports will sit down with the ministry of finance to see the amount they can pay before the ministry of sports can approve it for the GFA.

The fact is that the GFA proposes $6,000 for the players but not $10,000, and then they propose $10,000 for the coach. Their reasoning is that any amount they propose for the players, the coach must get double. So this was the budgeted amount they submitted for us, and Hon. Mustapha told them that we'd give it to the ministry of finance for approval.

And the $6,000 they propose was a qualification bonus for two matches, and the $10,000 was for the coach, Mr. Annor Walker. In the GFA own statement they submitted to the ministry of sports was that if Ghana win in any of the two matches every player should get $3,000 so in total if they win the two matches for qualification it will sum up to the $6,000.

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