09.05.2005 Football News

Ministry pays Starlets over three billion cedis

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Accra, May 9, GNA - The Ministry of Education and Sports has paid all outstanding allowances owed the national under-17 team, the Black Starlets, totalling more than three billion cedis.

A statement issued in Accra and signed by Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah, Deputy Minister of sector ministry said any adverse comments to the effect that the players are demoralised because their allowances are unpaid are unfortunate, misleading and unfair.

The statement was issued in reaction to comments in the media about funding for the preparation and participation of the team in the Africa under-17 competition in The Gambia.

It said since the Ghana Football Association (GFA) drew the attention of the Ministry to some unpaid allowances and inadequate kit in a letter, government has released 3,281 billion cedis to settle the outstanding bills to enable the team go to The Gambia to defend the flag of Ghana.

The statement said; "we are reliably informed that the Starlets are in high spirits in Gambia after winning their first match 3-2 against Mali and have no complaints whatsoever as far as funding is concerned".

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