Sports News of Tuesday, 17 April 2018
Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi has rebuffed claims that his outfit makes some financial gains anytime the Black Stars play friendly games.
There are claims that FA profit hugely when the senior national team feature in international friendlies, but Nyantakyi says it is not true.
According to Nyantakyi, it is rather very costly, citing the example that the Black Stars inability to play any friendly in the last international break was because the GFA had no money.
“The notion that the Black Stars is a business unit and that we have to make profit anytime we[Black Stars] play a game is wrong,” he stated in an interview with Zylofon FM.
“We play friendly games because it gives the coach the opportunity to access the team, the new players and old players.”
“When we play football games, it comes at a huge cost and sometimes we don’t get anything from the game. Most of the times, even when we make some money, we use it to finance the game. Last time, when we didn’t play any game, everybody was asking why we didn’t play any game.”
“The reason we did not play any game was that we did not have money and the teams that wanted to engage us in friendlies wanted us to pay for the game so that was the reason we did not play any game.
Kwesi Nyantakyi went on to confirm that, the Blacks Stars will play two friendly games with World Cup-bound duo Japan and Iceland in June.
“In June we will play two friendlies, we will play Iceland and Japan and they are going to bear all the cost of the games. The money we will be making from the game, will be used for plane tickets and pay the players so there are no gains from the games,”
Nyantakyi is hopeful the national team will host countries like Germany and Brazil in an international friendly in the future.
“We are praying that it gets to a time where we get sponsors who can help bring Brazil to Accra for a friendly or even Germany to Kumasi for a game.”