According to the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ghana would need US$25 million to compete in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
At a meeting with CEOs from Corporate Ghana on Monday at the Jubilee House, President Nana Akuffo Addo said this.
Ghana’s ambition, according to Minister of Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif, is to win the AFCON and qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
“It is our country’s hope to win the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon next year, as well as qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022.
“These campaigns need a significant amount of funding to be able to carry out this mandate, and government alone cannot shoulder the burden at the detriment of other sporting disciplines,” Mustapha Ussif told a group of CEOs from Ghana’s private sector.
He urged business bodies to help the Black Stars as they have in the past, which has resulted in the squad achieving an enviable feat.
“Historically, the Black Stars have done well once corporate Ghana has thrown its support behind them; the only difference has been the team’s failure to win the AFCON, but they have come so close on many occasions,” the sports minister said.
“In 2005, as Ghana’s Black Stars were attempting to qualify for their first-ever senior World Cup, Goldfields Ghana Limited put its weight behind them with a sponsorship deal, and this timely action helped the team qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Mustapha Ussif emphasized the importance of the government supporting the Black Stars and how this would affect other sports.
“By supporting the Black Stars, the government will be able to use the sports budget to fund other sports, particularly as the country prepares for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
At the conference, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo declared that the government would supply $10 million of the necessary funds and that a four-member committee, led by the Sports Minister, would assist in collecting the remaining $15 million.
The Black Stars have already qualified for next year’s AFCON and will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in June.