Mustapha Ussif, Minister of Youth and Sports, revealed that Ghana spent $5.1 million on the 2022 World Cup, which was about $3 million less than budgeted.
Ussif credited his team’s prudent financial management for spending less at the tournament. Ghana was eliminated from the 2022 World Cup in the group stage after defeats to Portugal and Uruguay.
“Our estimated budget at the group stage was $8.1million,” he said on the floor of Ghana’s Parliament.
“Out of this estimated budget Mr. Speaker, our total expenditure for the group stage participation amounted to $5,171, 840.
“These expenditures covered appearance free, per diem, flight arrangements, medicals, equipment logistics, and hospitality.
“Mr. Speaker, the reason for the surplus of $3 million after our exit from the group stage is the result of the ministry’s prudent management of resources as well as the ministry’s decision to negotiate on qualification bonus for the next round instead of paying winning bonuses per match.
“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 that game”.