Friendly matches are for preparations not profit, says Ghana FA chief Nyantakyi

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Kwesi Nyantakyi
The Ghana FA boss debunks the idea of making profits from friendly matches which ought to be for preparations, according to him

Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi says it was a wrong decision for government to stop the funding of international friendly matches for the senior national team.

In March, the ministry of youth and sports suggested that Ghana FA should be able to secure deals with other countries to cover travelling arrangements and bonuses during friendly matches, which led to cancelling of the Black Stars’ friendly with Jamaica in April.

"The notion that the Black Stars is a business unit and that Ghana have to make profit anytime we play a game is wrong," Nyantakyi told Zylofon FM.

 "We play friendly games because it gives the coach the opportunity to access the team, the new players and old players in order to successfully plan for the future.

"When we play football games, it comes with huge cost and sometimes we don't get anything from it financially. In most of the times, even when we make some money, we use it to finance the development of the sport," he said.

"Last time, when we didn't play any international friendly game, everybody was asking why we didn't play and the reason was that, we did not have money and the teams that wanted to engage us in friendlies wanted us to pay for all the finances," he added.

However, Nyantakyi confirmed that the Black Stars will play Japan and Iceland as part of their preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup.

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"In June, we will play two friendlies before the World Cup starts. We will play Iceland and Japan and they are going to bear all the cost for the games and the money we will be making from these games will be used for plane tickets, bonuses and per diem," he said.

"We are praying that it get to a time when we will get sponsors who can help bring Brazil to Accra for a friendly or even Germany to Kumasi for a game."