Govt trying to raise funds to airlift supporters to Qatar World Cup – Mustapha Ussif

The Minister for Youth and Sports Mustapha Ussif says the government is trying to raise funds to airlift supporters to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.

Hon. Ussif insisted that state funds will not be used to send supporters to the tournament.

This follows lessons from the 2014 World Cup, where it emerged that the government spent a lot to send thousands of fans to Brazil.

Supporters were left stranded with led to the country being ridiculed by the international media.

However, Ussif said that will not be repeated this year, adding that private sponsorship will be secured to take fans to Qatar.

According to him, the government of Ghana is engaging with corporate companies to fund the conveyance of fans to Qatar.

“Government is trying to raise funds through Corporate Ghana to help us to take fans to support our Black Stars,” he said on Citi FM.

“We will not use State funds for this and that is why we are appealing to corporate Ghana to come to our aid,” he added.

Ghana will play Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay in Group H when they participate in the competition which commences in November.

Ghana will open its campaign against Portugal on November 24 at Stadium 974 in Doha.

Four days later, the Black Stars return to action with a clash with South Korea at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.

Ghana will wrap up its group stage adventure with its much-anticipated encounter with Uruguay at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah.