Government cannot fund Ghanaian clubs participating in CAF Club Competition - Sports Minister
Ghana's Minister of Youth and Sports Dr. Mustapha Ahmed says his outfit cannot fund Ghanaian clubs participating in the 2016 African Club competitions.
The Minister added that his outfit can only assist the club to secure cooperate sponsorship and assistance for their African campaigns but not to fund them completely.
Ghana League champions AshantiGold and FA Cup winners Medeama SC will be representing Ghana in Africa in the CAF Champions League and the Confederations Cup respectively in the 2016 campaign.
Speaking at the Excellence Awards Night where he was awarded the Sports Personality of the Year, the Minister recalled an appeal by one of the management members of the clubs to support them in their campaigns a few months ago.
During the Ordinary Congress of the Ghana Football Association, Cudjoe Fianoo, the Chief Executive Officer of Ghana League Champions, AshantiGold, appealed to the sector Minister for support for the clubs as they aspire to make Ghana proud in their African campaigns.
The minister in response to a question by a journalist at the Excellence Awards Night disclosed that it is not the responsibility of government to support the clubs in their campaign to conquer Africa.
'Let's not paint a picture as if it is the sole responsibility of government to provide funding,' he said.
'The Ministry is ready to assist in helping secure corporate sponsorship for the clubs."
'We intend meeting the GFA to look at ways by which we can assist to help the clubs raise funds from corporate bodies.'
Ghanaian clubs have struggled to compete favourably in Africa Inter-Club competitions mainly due to weakened financial support.
By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter