MP for the Odododiodio constituency and Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye vehemently supported government’s decision not to release cash for the payment of airfares for the Black Stars players abroad to return to Ghana.
According to the minister the latest development is as a result of financial constraints. “We think we need to cut cost. We have already qualified for the Nations Cup so the outcome of this game is not important. Why do we want to kill a fly with a sledge hammer?” Vanderpuye asked.
He further opined that since the Black Stars have already qualified, the situation demands that this is the most prudent step to take.
However, he noted that if the players decide to be patriotic and buy their ticket and come and play, that will be welcome.
“We don’t have a budget for this match. It is that simple. We have other more competing demands. The money is not mine, it belongs to the state,” the Minister told the media.