Youth and Sports Minister, Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has disclosed his frustration over the lack of money to run the Ministry.
The Black Maidens are the latest casualty of the ‘No Money’ syndrome that has engulfed the Sports Ministry, after the team’s per-diems for their participation in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Jordan were unpaid, in addition to qualification bonuses.
The former GBC worker has come under intense pressure and criticisms over the past few weeks for his inability to settle the various national teams but has finally revealed his outfit owes close to $20M and has therefore made the ministry cash-strapped.
Speaking to the media in an interview, Mr. Vanderpuye said, “As for the debt profile, it is very alarming because we are close to almost US$ 20 million and I can say that for sure when we put everything together.” He told Asempa Sports.
“In terms of hotels, ticketing and travel especially the various national teams’ matches from the Black Maidens up to the Black Stars that is where the chunk lies also in terms of catering, laundry and the rest.
‘”So we are owing a lot of money that were supposed to be used to run the administration, ministry, Youth Authority, Winneba Sports College and all our leadership training programmes have virtually been used for football.” He added.