Ghana spent $5.1m at the 2022 World Cup – Sports Minister

Ghana spent an estimated $5.1 million during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, according to Mustapha Ussif, Minister of Youth and Sports.

The $8.1 million allocated for the competition is $3 million less than this amount.

“Our estimated budget at the group stage was $8.1million.

“Out of this estimated budget Mr. Speaker, our total expenditure for the group stage participation amounted to $5,171, 840.

“These expenditures covered appearance free, per diem, flight arrangements, medicals, equipment logistics, and hospitality,” the Sports Minister said.

After suffering losses to Portugal and Uruguay, Otto Addo’s side was eliminated from the competition in the group stage.

Despite winning 3-2 versus South Korea in the second group match, the team did not receive a winning bonus.

The Member of Parliament claims that the ministry’s careful use of resources and agreement on a qualification bonus led to the cost savings.

Mustapha Ussif stated on the floor of Parliament on Tuesday, December 21, 2022.

“Mr. Speaker the reason for the surplus of $3 million after our exit from the group stage is the result of the ministry’s prudent management of resources as well as the ministry’s decision to negotiate on qualification bonus for the next round instead of paying winning bonuses per match.”

“What this means is that in spite of our black stars defeating South Korea in our second group match we did not pay any winning bonus for that game,” Mustapha Ussif explained.

FIFA will award Ghana a total of $10.5 million for taking part in the 2022 World Cup.

The senior national team’s preparation has already received $1.5 million from the international governing body of football.

FIFA will award the remaining $9 million as prize money for making it out of the group stage.

Ghana’s budget for the 2006 World Cup in Germany was $16 million, for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, it was $19 million; and for the 2014 World Cup, it was $9 million.

FIFA awarded the nation $4.9 million, $11 million, and $8 million accordingly for its participation in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups.


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