State funds will not be used to sponsor fans to Qatar – Sports Minister

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Mustpha Ussif - Sports Minister

The government will not use state resources to sponsor fans for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

This, according to the administration is due to the current economic challenges facing the country.

Fans desirous of going to Mundial will have to make such arrangements personally.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Ussif, disclosed these when Gold Fields donated US$300,000 to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to support Ghana’s participation at the World Cup.

He said, “In view of the current situation our country finds itself in, the government has decided it won’t be financing supporters to the World Cup.”

“As we have already announced, interested Ghanaians desiring to travel to Qatar for the World Cup can do so through Kenpong Travel and Tour, the official travel agency appointed by the Ministry.”

“The Ministry of Youth and Sports would continue to appeal to corporate Ghana and the private sector, to support and finance some Ghanaian fans to provide symbolic support for the Black Stars.”

“As an alternative measure, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Ghanaian Mission in Qatar, would mobilise Ghanaians and other Africans based in Qatar to support the Black Stars.”

The Minister called on Ghanaians to render their unflinching support and cheer the Black Stars to victory as they battle in the biggest football showpiece in the world.

Ghana is drawn in Group H with Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

Ghana would play Switzerland on November 17, in Abu Dhabi before travelling to Qatar for the World Cup.

The Black Stars would open their campaign against giants Portugal on Thursday, November 24, before playing Uruguay four days later and taking on South Korea in the final group game on Friday, December 2.

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