Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah, says government is not committed to paying any winning bonus to the BlackStars ‘B’ in ongoing 2017 FOX Sports WAFU Cup of Nations being staged in Cape Coast.
“For this tournament, the government has not committed any winning bonus. What has been agreed with the Ghana Football Association president Kwasi Nyantakyi is that FOX Sports, as organisers of the tournament, have a package for the winners and participants of this competition”.
“If the Black Stars B should win this tournament, which has prize money of $100,000, then part of that money will be shared by the players as their winning bonus”.
“Nothing will be coming from the government coffers.Everything is being sponsored by FOX Sports, including pitch maintenance and many other things”.
In terms of preparedness of the host nation, he said everything is under control and Ghana will be able to replicate hosting the tournament just like it did AFCON 2008.
Mr.Asiamah added that the Essipong Sports Stadium, which was unable to host WAFU tournament, has now been turned into training pitch, which will be used by some teams partaking in the tournament.
Broadcast giants, FOX Sports have invested $2million for the organisation of this tournament, which began last Saturday and will end on September 24, 2017.
The winners of the tournament will take home $100, 000, second place will receive $50,000 and $25,000 for the third placed team.