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Sports News of Friday, 15 August 2014


Sports Ministry ordered to give 'bonus' details

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The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has been ordered to furnish the Presidential Commission of Inquiry with details of how much each member of Ghana’s 40-man contingent to the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup earned during the campaign.

The chairman of the commission, Justice Senyo Dzamefe, who gave the directive at yesterday’s sitting, also instructed the Chief Director of the ministry, Alhaji Abudulai Yakubu, to submit at today’s sitting an itemised list of all the beneficiaries and the largesse they received from per diem allowances, winning bonuses and appearance fees.

The directive was made after Mr Yakubu had given the breakdown of the composition of Team Ghana while answering questions by Senior State Attorney, Mr Jonathan Acquah.

Mr Abudulai named the 23 Black Stars players, 10 technical team members and seven management committee members as the beneficiaries as captured in the approved Ghana Football Association (GFA) budget for the World Cup.

He revealed that the total budget of GH¢27,213,974.38, which was approved by government for the tournament, catered for per diem of players and the technical team and other officials, winning bonus, imprest for four scouts hired by the FA, and other incidental expenses.

He also noted that the $8,918,945.06, which was approved by the government, was the same as the budget the MOYS received from the GFA and, accordingly, forwarded to the Chief of Staff, Mr Prosper Bani, for approval.

Mr Abudulai gave the other budget details as appearance fees, top-up for payment of winning and qualification bonuses, and feeding and accommodation of 15 extra FA officials outside the FIFA list.

He again disclosed to the commission that the GFA’s World Cup budget covering each stage of the tournament and signed by the acting General Secretary, Emmanuel Gyimah, was submitted to the ministry on May 7, 2014, while the then Minister of Youth and Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, also wrote to the Chief of Staff to request for funds on March 15, 2014.

However, matters came to a head when Justice Dzamefe discovered that a GFA letter signed by Emmanuel Gyimah, recommending for the payment of an extra $17,500 top-up for the government-approved $82,500 appearance fees from its own resources due to a disagreement by the players, was dated June 25, 2014.

When he asked the chief director as to how the GFA letter got to the ministry at a time that all the FA officials were in Brazil, and also why the MOYS agreed to pay the team officials too $100,000 when the letter stated that it was the players who insisted on being paid $100,000, Mr Abudulai could not provide an answer, compelling the commission’s chairman to adjourn sitting to today.

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