Sports Minister Mustapha Ussif revealed that Ghana spent US$5.1 million at the recently concluded 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which was US$3 million less than the US$8.1 million budgeted prior to the start of the global tournament.
The Black Stars were eliminated from the competition after losing to Portugal in the opening match at 974 Stadium and to Uruguay in the final group match on December 2 at Al-Janoub Stadium.
Despite a 3-2 victory over South Korea in the second group game, the team did not receive a winning bonus.
According to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Yagaba-Kubori Constituency in the North-East Region, the funds were saved due to the ministry’s prudent resource management and negotiation of a qualification bonus.
Mustapha Ussif delivered an address to parliament earlier today, Tuesday, December 21, 2022.
“Mr Speaker, you may recall that prior to Ghana’s World Cup participation, our estimated budget for the group stage was US$8.1 million.
“Our total expenditure for group stage participation, Mr Speaker, amounted to US$5,171,840 out of this estimated budget,” he explained.
“These expenses included appearance fees, per diem, flight arrangements, medicals, equipment logistics, and hospitality,” he said.
“Mr Speaker, the reason for the $3 million surplus following our exit from the group stage is the result of the ministry’s prudent resource management as well as the ministry’s decision to negotiate a qualification bonus for the next round rather than paying winning bonuses per match,” he explained.
“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 the win.
“However, we would have paid a qualification bonus to the team if they had advanced to the next stage of the competition,” he added.
FIFA will pay Ghana a total of $10.5 million for its participation in the 2022 World Cup.
The world’s football governing body has already spent $1.5 million on senior national team preparations.
FIFA’s remaining US$9 million is the prize money for making it out of the group stage.