Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah has revealed that an estimated amount of GHC864, 000 was spent on only accommodation for former Black Stars coach, Avram Grant for two years.
At the National Sports Fund Consultation Forum in Accra on Wednesday, Asiamah, in his keynote address revealed that Ghana had been spending $8,000 (equivalent to GHC 36,000) every month on accommodation for the former Chelsea coach.
The Sports Minister who was explaining the rationale behind his outfit’s bold step to secure an official residence for current Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah.
“When I realised that we’re spending $8000 a month on accommodation for Black Stars coaches, I was overwhelmed, hence our decision to acquire an official residence for the national team coach to save the country the huge amount we have been pumping in,” Isaac Asiamah told the press.
This means the Sports Ministry spent a total of GHC864,000 ($192000) on accommodation alone for former Ghana coach Avram Grant who lived in a hotel for his entire two-year stay in the country.
Now with the new residence acquired, this means Coach Kwesi Appiah will be the first to occupy it.
‘Ghana will head to World Cup again in future’ – Asamoah Gyan
Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, says even though he is disappointed Ghana did not make it to the 2018 World Cup, he is confident the nation will make a return to the tournament in future editions.
Ghana finished 3rd in their qualifying group behind Uganda and Egypt for this year’s World Cup and missed out for the first time after making three straight appearances between 2006 and 2014.
Gyan, in an interview with the BBC, states that the new crop of Black Stars players are capable of taking the nation back to the tournament very soon.
“We went to the World Cup between 2006 and 2014 and so, it seems we are used to going to the tournament. But we did not make it there this time and everyone is gutted at that.
But we are looking to the future because we have quality, young players coming through who also want to participate in the World Cup.
We did not participate but life goes on. We have to stay focused and wish the African teams in Russia well and then see what happens in the future.”
Gyan did not feature in Ghana’s recent friendlies against Japan and Iceland but the expectation is that he will make a return to the team when the 2019 AFCON qualifiers resumes later this year.