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Ghanaian government working to avoid money-related controversy at Afcon

9:18 PM GMT+4 12/04/2019
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Ghana's deputy sports minister Perry Okudzeto has assured fans that the Black Stars will get the financial support they need at Afcon 2019

Ghana deputy minister for sports Perry Okudzeto says government is ready to handle any financial needs of the Black Stars to help the team's quest to win the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The Black Stars are on a mission to end a 37-year trophy drought at the June 21-July 19 championship, their last title coming in Libya in 1982.

A major point ofcontroversy for the Black Stars at major tournaments over the years has got to do with finance.

According to Okudzeto, his outfit are on top of their game to avoid any "money issues" this time around.

"We all know the Afcon now comprises 24 teams, every team has come to lift the trophy, so I don't think there are underdogs," he told Fox FM.

"We from Ghana are also in for the trophy.

"Government is ready concerning money issues.

"We have a Management Committee and we have been meeting to get the road map [for the tournament].

"The [Sports] Ministry is also doing its best, so I can say for sure we are on course to lift high the flag of Ghana [in Egypt]."

Ghana's most famous money-related controversy at a major international tournament in recent times undoubtedly remains the camp uproar during the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

In Brazil, disagreements over player appearance fees saw the Black Stars abandon training sessions in protest ahead of a must-win last group game against Portugal.

To save the situation, an amount of about $3.5 million [£2,675,197], on order of then Ghana president John Mahama, had to be airlifted to Brazil on the eve of the game to clear the fees.

In the morning of the game, midfielder Sulley Muntari was sent home from camp for slapping then Management Committee member Moses Armah during an argument concerning the fees the night before.

The Black Stars eventually lost 2-1 to Portugal and were sent packing.