$8,000 Spent on Accommodation for Black Stars Coaches
Ghana spends an estimated GHC36,000 a month on accommodation for Black Stars coaches, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Isaac Asiamah has revealed.
Speaking at the National Sports Fund Consultation Forum in Accra yesterday, Asiamah, in his keynote address, said the era of such profligate spending must end.
The Minister, who was explaining the rationale behind his outfit’s bold step to secure an official residence for the Stars coach, indicated that the country has continuously spent a lot of money on promotional activities instead of development programmes.
“When I realised that we were 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,” Asiamah said.
Going by that figure, one can presume that the Sports Ministry had spent a total of GHC8,640,000 ($192000) on accommodation alone for Avram Grant, who lived in a hotel during his entire two-year stay in the country.
This means that coaches will no longer stay in hotels as Isaac Asiamah’s initiative seeks to find a lasting solution to the unending problem.
Unconfirmed reports say Kwasi Appiah will be the first coach to occupy the residence, when completed.
This will hopefully come as a massive relief to the Ghana Football Association, who has been accused on numerous occasions of spending unwisely on hotel bills for senior national team coaches.