The Chief Executive Officer for the National Sports Authority,(NSA) Honourable Robert Mensah has outlined the reasons why the Tamale Sports Stadium should be named after the late Vice President, Alhaji Aliu Mahama.
The NSA Boss spoke on Boss FM on Saturday morning ahead of the Northern and Southern Sectors match to be played on Sunday which will climax the re-naming of the Tamale Stadium.
Hon. Mensah confirmed that all is set for the ceremony to go on and the inhabitants of Tamale have welcome the idea whole-heartedly.
Asked why it is prudent to name the stadium after the late Second man of Ghana, Robert Mensah explained that ” people who knew him very well will not ask questions about this stance taken by the government, he was not only a political person but also contributed a lot to Real Tamale United Football Club”.
” Alhaji Aliu Mahama was a board member of RTU and I can confidently say his absence has affected the team of late hence their recent decline in the local football”. Robert Mensah said.”
” the late vice President contributed immensely to the development of football in the Northern Region as well as helping great footballers like Abedi Pele and others to see their talent developing to the big stage we all saw”. He added
The NSA head explained further thus” Alhaji Aliu was so instrumental in getting the stadium built in Tamale, he played a critical role through lobbying to convince his then government led by President Agyekum Kuffour to put up this beautiful edifice in Tamale”. He concluded
Court Cases to retrieve debt
Robert Mensah also spoke on the various debt being retrieved by government with respect to the sporting sector, ” we are still on the matter to get monies owe the Sports Authority back just that we have to allow due process of the law work, the issues have been refereed to the Auditor General’s Department for the necessary steps before we get the monies back. The cases are in court but the accused persons must also be allowed to defend themselves through the national justice”.
On Ghana’s readiness to host the African Women’s Cup of Nations in 2018, the NSA boss affirmed that works are going on well for the hosting of the tournament and that Ghana is doing everything possible to host a successful tournament.