Black Stars head coach Avram Grant expressed his anger at the very bad state of the pitch at the Accra Sports Stadium after Ghana’s 1-1 draw with Rwanda in the final 2017 AFCON qualifier on Saturday.
The playing surface has not been in the best of shapes for months and the condition did not improve for the match.
In March this year, Grant complained about the pitch and after the match, he stated the same worries and added that the team had suffered injuries the last time the Black Stars played there.
He went to reveal that his request to have the pitch watered was not honoured because the authorities could not afford the 800 Ghana cedi expense.
“The pitch is one of the worst I have ever seen but what is worse is that I asked for water to be put on the pitch.
This is because when we played against Mozambique in Accra, three players (Christian Atsu, Frank Acheampong, and Mubarak Wakaso) got injured at the end of the first half and their clubs were very angry because the pitch caused the injuries.”
He added: “So, I asked for the pitch to be watered but the one responsible did not do so and I asked why that. He said that they needed money for fuel. I asked what the price and he said it was 800 Ghana cedis. I asked why he did not tell me because I would have paid.
We pay for air plane tickets and other things so we could have paid for the watering of the grass. This is a great country with nice people and a lot of potential. We need to give the players more tools to perform. We should not be unable to take care of the pitch because of 800 Ghana cedis.”
Before Ghana played Mozambique in July this year at the same venue, there were reports that managers of the pitch at the stadium, Green Grass Technology, had decided not to work on the playing surface due to unpaid salaries for the last three years.
Citi Sports reported that the National Sports Authority employed the services of a roller to keep the grass flat and usable for the match which Ghana won by seven goals to one.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana