Former Deputy Youth and Sports Minister under the erstwhile NDC government, Vincent Oppong Asamoah why money should always be the source of motivation for the senior national team the Black Stars.
Ghana's dream of ending the nearly four decade wait for a fifth AFCON title and qualification to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will cost Ghana $25million according to the Minister for Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif.
He made this known at a Presidential breakfast meeting on Monday morning at the Jubilee House with Chief Executive Officers of various state firms and corporate institutions.
Since the announcement by the Sports Minister on Monday that Ghana will need a budget of $25million to play in the 2021 AFCON and the 2022 World Cup qualifies many Ghanaians have hit hard at the government for budgeting such obscene amount for these two tournaments.
The President also urged the Black Stars to win the AFCON title and also reach the semi finals of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
He also added that government will hand the Black Stars $10million and corporate Ghana should also add the remaining $15million.
According the former Sports Minister, Sports is not all about Black Stars and the government must also give attention to other disciplines before questioning why money should always be the motivation when it comes to the Black Stars.
“I don’t think Black Stars motivation should be based on money. There should be other things to motivate the Black Stars. If we continue this way we will keep getting the same results," he told Accra based Happy FM.
“All our focus is on football especially the Black Stars. If Ghana can make an impact in other disciplines then we have to make funding available to the other sports.
“Government should give tax exemptions to companies that invest or support sporting disciplines which will also encourage others to join," he added.