Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, says the government will start the construction of football pitches in the major cities of the country as part of plans to groom the next generation of footballers.
There have been several discussions and conversations about the need for pitches in the cities following the observation that children no longer have spaces to play in due to urbanisation and commercial activities.
When the Sports Minister met the media on Tuesday, he revealed that the government was ready to take action to reverse the trend.
“In the past, we used to have enough spaces for football but now, we do not have the spaces. Houses, new developments and churches have taken over. My job is to fix the infrastructure gap and that is why we are going to put up a number of pitches across the country.
Minister for Inner City and Zongo Development, Boniface Abubakar Saddique, has already gone ahead to cut the sod for the construction of astro turfs. In times past, we got a lot of our football stars from the Zongos.
From next week, we will go ahead to cut sod for the construction of pitches. We are doing this to secure of Ghana football. If we get the basics right, we can move forward.”
It will be recalled that the Sports Ministry is currently renovation works at the Accra Sports Stadium and the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex. In addition, the Ministry has stated its intention to build youth centres with sporting facilities across the country.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana