Hon. Isaac Asiamah, Minister for Youth and Sports has assured the Ghanaian public that government is looking out for for sponsorship from corporate institutions in Ghana to be able to fly supporters to India so as to support the Black Starlets during the FIFA under 17 World Cup.
The idea has been met with some serious criticisms in the Ghanaian media circles as a result of this plan going against some recommendations made by the Dzamefe Commission and in the White Paper that the government of Ghana released after the Commission’s work.
The MP for Atwima Mponua paid an official visit to the Black Starlets in Prampram, Asiamah before they enplaned for Dubai to begin their training camp ahead of the tournament. Hon Asiamah insists government is going to seek for corporate sponsorship to fly supporters to India.
““If there should be any organisation for supporters which may happen this time round for them to go and cheer them up in India, we will ask them to come together under one elephant. Yes they should come together”.
“When you come together then we will have the courage to support but not these splinter groups. We want them to be under one body, united Ghana supporters, where they are supporting one team and so far they are almost there. The discussions are on-going. We want them to come under one body so they are making progress. If they are able to achieve that one, then government will be courageous enough to spend our own money to support them,” he stated.
Ghana is placed in group A alongside the hosts, India, USA and Columbia. The Black Starlets who would be based in New Delhi will begin their campaign on 6th October and will take on the Columbians.