Reports from Ghana indicate that the Black Stars have been boosted with $15 million to execute their 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt as they pursue to win the title for the first time since 1980.
According to www.footballghana.com, Ghana’s Ministry of Youths and Sports has budgeted a gigantic record amount of $15M for their national football team which is the highest ever spent by a country playing at this stage.
The ministry led by Hon. Isaac Asiamah has budgeted to spend $9 million on the Black Stars including their mammoth appearances fee of $80,000 per person.
Another $10, 0000 will go to each player and official while the rest of the money will be spent on air travel, hotels and medical expenditure.
Furthermore, Ghana’s government is also planning to spend $3.7 million in sending 100 supporters to Egypt.
They will cater for their airfares, hotel accommodation and per diems while $2.5m has been budgeted for 55 media personnel to be sponsored to the tournament.
Ghana, just like all the other nations that qualified for the finals have already received $260,000 to boost their preparation, part of the $475,000 they are supposed to receive.
It should be noted that the winner of the 2019 edition of the most prestigious tournament in Africa will take home $4.5 million as prize money.
Four-time champions Ghana have been drawn in Group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.
The Black Stars who are currently in Abu Dhabi for a training camp, will face South Africa in an international friendly match on June 15th before making their way to Egypt.
Ghana full Squad
Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati-Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana)
Defenders: Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Rahman Baba (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe, Turkey), Kasim Nuhu Adams (Hoffenheim, Germany,) John Boye (Metz, France), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Joseph Attamah (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey)
Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Teye Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionale, Italy), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland)
Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey), Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain)