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Sports Ministry finally reveals $30k as appearance fee for Ghana’s friendly with Namibia

The Ministry of Youth and Sports in a coercive posture has produced details of the friendly match Ghana’s Black Stars B played with Namibia on 24th November, revealing Ghana had $30k as appearance fee.

Following vehement calls from vociferous journalists questioning the relevance of the friendly following the swift manner with which the Ghana FA Normalization Committee organised a team that was nonexistent to honour the friendly, the Sports Ministry has swiftly released details of the game.

In a release signed by the PRO of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Elvis Adjei-Baah, the Namibia Football Federation paid all flight expenses of the Black Stars B as well as accommodation and an appearance fee of $30k.

“An amount of thirty thousand dollars (was provided) for playing the game,” the statement read.

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Despite calls by a section of the Ghanaian media that the Black Stars brand is bigger to attract a fee more than $150k for a friendly, as paid by Saudi Arabia for a friendly in October 2017, many are shocked as to why the Normalization Committee could cheapen the brand by accepting a peanut fee of $30k to honour an international friendly.

The Normalization Committee have recently come under massive test of accountability and transparency after failing to disclose the budget for the Black Stars AFCON 2019 qualifying matches with Kenya, Ethiopia and a friendly with Kotoko.

With lack of accountability and transparency being one of the key issues raised against the former leadership of the Ghana FA, many expected the Normalization Committee to be open in their dealings to eschew perceptions of corruption.

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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