GFA told to pre-finance AFCON 2015 campaign

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga has confirmed that the Ghana Football Association has been asked by government to pre-finance the cost of the team’s pre-AFCON camping in Spain.
The GFA had sent a budget to the Sports ministry for the Black Stars’ 2015 Nations Cup campaign and even though that budget has been approved, no monies have been advanced to the GFA for the tournament.
The Sports ministry has instead directed the GFA to use part of Ghana’s prize money at the 2014 FIFA World Cup to pre-finance the AFCON campaign while government works on reimbursing the Football Association.
The move is seen by many as some form of punishment after the GFA refused to lodge the entire $8 million World Cup prize money into an Excro account as directed by the Presidential Commission of Inquiry.
But speaking on the Joy Sports Link on Saturday, Mahama Ayariga said government has no intention of punishing the GFA.
“It is true that by the time we approved the budget at the Ministry of Finance there was a little technical problem. Now the ministries operate the GIFMIS system and so when you want to draw on your budget, you need to go through the GIFMIS but that system was closed a few days before the year ended. It is expected to open a few days after the beginning of the New Year. However the Black Stars were leaving on Sunday and so we told the GFA that we are having challenges so they should rely on the World Cup money in their account for the meantime while we work on reimbursing them. That is all so I am surprised this has found its way into the media”.
The Black Stars left Accra on Sunday, January 4 and are expected to arrive in Spain later today to continue their AFCON 2015 Preparations.