The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry of Youth and Sports has confirmed that renovation works is set to begin at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Elvis Agyei Baah spoke on Boss FM’s mid-morning sports show on Tuesday and confirmed that Premier league sides, Accra Hearts of Oak and Inter Allies have been informed to search for a new venue where they would be playing their league matches for the up-coming season.
The Stadium was rebuilt in 2007 for the hosting of the African Cup of Nations in 2008 but has since not seen any renovations to that effect.
Delay in the start of work
He said” The renovation works were to be done in phases in order not to burden the clubs who use the place for their league matches, but the scope of work to be done is huge and so after consultations, we decided to do it at a goal.”
“The procurement for finances has been long and so delayed the start of work. But awarding of contract to commence work is yet to be finalized after picking one company out of the lots that made the tender, a date will be fixed soon to finish with all these demands so that work can start without any hindrance “.
Baah also acknowledged that a media briefing would be held by his outfit prior to the start of work and then comprehensive information about the whole process would made made available. But the PRO refused to name the actual company who have won the contract to carry out the renovation”.
Hearts of Oak and Inter Allies to find a new venue
Elvis Baah went on to confirm that an official communique has been relayed to Accra Hearts of Oak who use the Accra Sports Stadium for their home matches in the Ghana Premier League, to find an alternative venue in the wake of the renovations.
” Clubs that use the Accra Sports Stadium have been alerted ahead of schedule; Hearts of Oak were made aware long time ago and have already prepared for that. Inter Allies on the other hand were invited for a meeting by the National Sports Authority after they applied for usage of the stadium. The NSA officials told officials of Inter Allies that there is no problem in relation for their wanting to use the stadium but they were advised to arrange for another alternative “.
Maintenance After Renovations
Asked whether the ministry will give the stadium out to interested private partners, the PRO said that ” the decision on how the stadium should be maintained would be taken after the renovation works. for now I cannot say anything much about that as it demands the higher authorities to settle on that”.
Puma deal with GFA
He then went ahead to confirm that his ministry has requested for contract details on the kits sponsorship deal between the Ghana Football Association and Puma, ” yes it is true we have requested for the contract details but that is only to inform the ministry about the state of affairs with respect to sponsorship of our national teams. As of now I cannot confirm if the response is in as i am yet to be informed of any such development, he concluded”.