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Ghana FA to slash Nations Cup budget after players relax demands

Ghana FA to slash 2013 Nations Cup budget

Black Stars players have relaxed demands following public uproar

By Ameenu Shardow

The budget figures proposed for Ghana’s 2013 Nations Cup campaign is likely to see a significant reduction following the decision of players to lower their demands.

This understanding, according to Ghana FA boss Kwasi Nyantakyi, was reached after Ghana’s 1-0 win against Cape Verde in an international friendly match played last week in Portugal.

The initial proposed budget had a cash reward of $15,000 per win at the group stage of the tournament which kicks off early next year in South Africa.

This proposal has however been met with stiff opposition from the general public who believe the figure is simply exorbitant and unsustainable.

As a result, the Black Stars players are said to have conceded to renegotiate the figures after being made aware of the serious uproar back home after the friendly win in Portugal.

“I can say we are almost through with negotiations on the budget proposal to the Sports Ministry. The figures we sent were based on negotiations with the players but when we recently went for a friendly in Portugal, we had further negotiations and it is possible there will be a reduction in their demands,” GFA boss Nyantakyi told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“The players are very aware of the reactions back home regarding their demands and they are also ready to come down small so when we meet to review the budget, by all means it will be reduced.”

The close to $8m reported budget is to see further reduction following the decision to scrap the planned allotment of $70,000 for media relations.

“I’ve told the Minister of Sports to scrap the media relations provision ($70,000) we made because the people (journalists) who we have allocated this for, have kicked against the money,” Nyantakyi adds.

“They say they don’t want it. We thought we were extending a helping hand due to cases we witnessed at certain tournaments where you would see journalists surrounding top officials requesting for money to support themselves.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    The budget figures proposed for Ghana’s 2013 Nations Cup campaign is likely to see a significant reduction following the decision of players to lower their demands.

    MUAHAHAHAAAAAA, WHO BORN DOG. THE GFA SHOULD IMPOSE THE CHANGE. THIS IS NOT EVEN DEBATEABLE. NAIJA, ENGAND AND EVEN GERMANY OFFER THEIR PLAYERS LESS. THESE NATIONS HAVE MORE MONEY THAN US. HOW MUCH DO WE STAND TO MAKE EVEN OF WE WIN THE AFCON TROPHY? I SWEAR, TOO MANY GYIMI GYIMI PPL IN GH

  2. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    The budget figures proposed for Ghana’s 2013 Nations Cup campaign is likely to see a significant reduction following the decision of players to lower their demands.

    MUAHAHAHAAAAAA, WHO BORN DOG. THE GFA SHOULD IMPOSE THE CHANGE. THIS IS NOT EVEN DEBATEABLE. NAIJA, ENGAND AND EVEN GERMANY OFFER THEIR PLAYERS LESS. THESE NATIONS HAVE MORE MONEY THAN US. HOW MUCH DO WE STAND TO MAKE EVEN OF WE WIN THE AFCON TROPHY? I SWEAR, TOO MANY GYIMI GYIMI PPL IN GH. U THROW AWAY MONEY, YET WE HAVE SERIOUS ISSUES AT HOME…LACKING BETTER STADIA, DUM SOR FOOLISHNESS, CLEAN DRINGMING WATER, SKULLS UNDER TREES

  3. Rasheed says:

    Haha,Who born monkey!.Ugly Nyantakyie, you go talk true.I don’t have a problem with the players even taking $100,000 per match,but corrupt Nyantakyie and his cohorts don’t deserve winning bonus.

  4. NANA YAW says:

    Stupidity At it BEST! Putting the Entire Ghana on slow motion, that what the GFA is best in doing! Ghana football turn to Market, reading Budget. In many advanced countries such matters are always behind doors. Because no one is ready to cheat!

  5. Ezekiel Obiba says:

    De most visionless n stupid FA boss in de world is dis man who call himself Kwesi Nyatakye,Kwesi resign U have natin good 4 Ghana football,all dat U know is to spend money.Corrupt man.

  6. gee says:

    Nyantakyie is very corrupt!you see how he exposed himself by saying da players have lowered their demand were by most of da snr player was not called 4 da last friendly. thief

  7. Nanaba says:

    That GFA Boss is totally stupid

  8. Bond says:

    Stop lambasting and get a life u slowpokes. Every administrator wants the best for his people.though the money is extravagant,that doesnt make nyantakyi corrupt,he is the best F.A chairman we ever had. The players to got to add a human face to their demand,they should be more patriotic and stop thinking they are doing us a favour. Brazilians dont even take their winning bonuses,they donate it to charity,started since 1998-real patriotism- we Ghanaians got a lot to learn