The Ghana Sports Ministry have allegedly asked Black Meteors’ foreign-based players to pay for their own plane tickets.
In what is an exclusive report, Ghana Soccer Net believes that the government have asked 11 foreign-based players to dig into their own pockets to travel for the Ghana U23s AFCON Qualifier against Algeria later this September.
“Ghana's foreign-based players have been asked to buy their own air tickets for the 2019 CAF U-23 Cup of Nations final qualifying round tie against Algeria this month, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report,” reported the publication.
The report continued to cite financial struggles as the reason for the ministry’s decision ahead of the September 6 game in Accra - although it was not cleared how the local-based players will be funded for the second leg trip to Algeria on 10 September.
“The country's Ministry of Youth and Sports are cash-strapped and will not pay for the travel of foreign-based players for the match against the North African side in Accra on Friday September 6.”
Pictures from the yesterday’s Black Stars ‘B’ friendly match against GoldStars FC. Coach Maxwell Konadu’s side thumped the second tier team 6-0 pic.twitter.com/X1JQ7nY2tP— Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) August 30, 2019
“The Ministry has asked the 11-players invited for the two-legged ties to borne the cost of their travel arrangements in a dramatic twist to the sorry financial situation of the ministry,” added the publication.
While the rest of the squad have been in camp since 7 August, the publication and several reporters in Ghana have been made to confirm that the financial predicament has come as a result of gross overspending that happened at AFCON 2019.
“The Sport Ministry is broke having spent $4.5 million on a lavish 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt, splashing the taxpayers cash largely on journalists and fans,” added Ghana Soccer Net.
The AFCON U23 tournament is set for Egypt in November this year, where the top four nations will advance to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.