The Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Professor Peter Twumasi, has urged the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Ghana Premier League clubs to build and manage their own stadiums.
According to him, owning their own stadium will go a long way to lessen the overreliance on state-owned facilities that serve a host of sporting activities.
Twumasi has suggested Ghana’s funds from the 2022 FIFA World Cup be used in constructing a stadium which will serve football purposes only.
His comments come after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) deemed the Cape Coast Stadium unfit to host Medeama Sporting Club’s Champions League games.
Not only have Medeama been denied the chance to use the stadium, but the venue has also been stripped of hosting any international game for failing to meet requirements.
“I think it’s high time the GFA built their own stadium,” Prof Twumasi told Graphic Sports.
“For example, the World Cup money that we get should be used for some of these things — building a stadium.
“We can use the World Cup money to design a stadium purposely for football matters and the federation (GFA) will handle that.”
On the clubs, he added, “Not only the GFA, but all the clubs playing in the Premiership must own stadiums or venues good enough to host a match.
“If I have my way, every club that plays in the Premier League must demonstrate that they have their own stadium. If they don’t have the money they can team up with the banks for loans to be deducted from their gate proceeds for a number of years.”
With the Cape Coast Stadium rejected, Medeama will now play their CAF Champions League games at the Baba Yara Stadium.
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