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GFA receives $8m World Cup money; ready to refund $4m to gov’t

Source: Ghana|Asempa Sports|Immortal Agyakwah-Acheampong

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) will on Thursday refund monies it took from government for activities relating to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Asempa Sports has learnt.

The government pre-financed the expenses by the GFA during the World Cup, including the payment of the infamous appearance fees by the Black Stars players.

In a stunt that exposed Ghana to international ridicule, the Government airlifted $4million cash on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 to settle the $100,000 appearance fees for each of the irritated Black Stars players and officials.

The players had boycotted two training sessions prior to their final Group G game against Portugal in Brasilia and vowed never to honour the match if their monies were not paid.

President John Mahama had to intervene and directed the flight of some $4 million to the players and officials in Brazil.

Four months after the World Cup, the GFA has received its share of the prize money from FIFA which is $8 million and is ready to pay its debt, Asempa Sports has learnt.

A close source says the Executive Committee of the GFA will meet the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday November 6, 2014 to deliberate on disbursement of the prize money.

The FA’s Executive Committee is also to meet on Friday to take key decisions on what to do with the remaining $4million.

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