President of Kpando Heart of Lions, Randy Abbey has stated categorically that from 2014 till date every single expenditure on the Kpando Stadium to meet the Club Licensing requirement has been done by the club and not the National Sports Authority (NSA).
However, the NSA still takes a percentage of the club’s gate proceeds.
He made this statement when he was asked about the measures the club was putting in place to ensure that the Kpando Stadium met the Club Licensing Board’s standard for a Premier League match venue.
Speaking on Original 91.9FM’s Super Sports Show on Tuesday morning, Dr. Abbey said, “All the renovation works you see at the Kpando Stadium was done by us [Heart of Lions]. We went above and beyond ourselves to ensure that we met the Club Licensing Board’s requirement.”
“If we have to play at Kpando, what it means is that we have to put all these things in place, change the technical benches and goalposts. It means we are virtually building a new stadium”.
“The requirement for a Premier League match venue is on a different level, therefore we will need the National Sports Authority to come on board. We did the pitch, tunnels, technical bench, dressing rooms, etc at the Kpando Stadium ourselves and built two boreholes from scratch,” Dr. Abbey said.
“With the Premier League, a standard stadium must have at least a 2,000-seater minimum, VVIP lounge, a media centre, and an adequate number of washrooms”.
“We have had conversations with the National Sports Authority to look at the massive financial injection that needs to go into the stadium to meet Club Licensing requirements for a Premier League match venue,” he explained.
Heart of Lions sealed promotion to next season’s Betpawa Premier League with six games to spare.
They have won 18, drawn two, and lost four out of their 24 league matches, topping the table with 56 points.
By: Queenster Agyapong | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana