The Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah has indicated that the Black Stars will be supported with additional funds aside from their approved budget when it becomes necessary.
Ghana hasn’t won the Afcon trophy since last winning it in 1982 in Libya. The West African country have, however, come close of ending the trophy drought in 1992, 2010 and 2015.
The 68-year old Serbian tactician on Tuesday 21st December 2021 named his 30-man provisional squad for the tournament.
Speaking exclusively to Akoma 87.9 FM in Kumasi, the Deputy Minister confirmed that the Finance Ministry has received the budget for the Afcon 2022 and it is at the deliberation stage.
He, however, confirmed that the Minister of Sports is doing well after sustaining a cut during a brawl in parliament.
Speaking to Akoma FM, the Ejisu Constituency lawmaker said: “Additional Funds will be given to the Sports Ministry for AFCON if it becomes necessary aside their approved budget.
According to him, additional funds will be made available to the Black Stars when the need arises in the course of the AFCON.
“I cannot confirm if indeed a budget of $5m has been approved for the Sports Ministry because I do not have the figures with me at the moment, but what I can confirm is that a budget for the said tournament has been submitted by the Sports Ministry for deliberation and approval,”
“One thing we should all understand is that additional funds will be given to the Sports Ministry when it becomes necessary aside the actual approved budget for the Afcon.
“The Sports Minister sustained a cut in parliament during the brawl but he is in good condition cow.” He concluded.
Below is Ghana’s 30-man provisional squad:
Goalkeepers: Joseph Wolacott (Swindon Town), Abdul Manaf Nurudeen (Eupen), Richard Attah (Hearts of Oak), Lawrence Ati Zigi (St. Gallen)
Midfielders: Baba Iddrissu (Real Mallorca), Edmund Addo (Sherif Tiraspol), Thomas Teye Partey (Arsenal FC), Mubarak Wakaso (Shenzhen FC), Mohammed Kudus (Ajax Amsterdam), Daniel Kofi Kyere (St. Pauli), David Abagna (Real Tamale United), Salis Abdul Samed (Clermont Foot)
Wingers: Abdul Fatawu Issahaku (Dreams FC), Samuel Owusu (Al-Fayha), Kamal Deen Suleymana (Rennes FC), Dede Ayew (Al Sadd SC), Joseph Paintsil (Genk)
Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (Beitar Jerusalem), Maxwell Abbey Quaye (Great Olympics), Felix Afena Gyan (AS Roma), Benjamin Tetteh (Malatyaspor)