GFA to construct floodlights at Ghanaman Centre of Excellence to aide evening training

President of the Ghana Football Association Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku has announced that floodlights will soon be constructed at the Ghanaman Centre of Excellence at Prampram to enable clubs and national teams to train in the evening.

He made the announcement at the Meet The Press series in Kumasi.

Currently, the only asto turf at the Technical center in Prampram lacks floodlights, making evening training impossible. The project which will be funded with proceeds from the FIFA Forward 2.0, is geared towards elevating facilities in Prampram to meet international standards.

‘’Funding of the GFA and GFA related activities has been a challenging one. The GFA has received support from FIFA and CAF and like we have always declared at congress. The GFA through our own means via the Marketing department have also sourced for partnerships from corporate Ghana’’ President Simeon Okraku said.

‘’At all times we have rendered accounts of our stewardship to our football family at our annual congress. The FA’s accounts are regularly audited by a reputable auditing firm in Bakertily Andah and Andah. Every fund that we have received from FIFA are controlled by FIFA and are audited by FIFA’’.

‘’In fact if you do receive one dollar and you don’t properly account for it, you will not receive the next dollar. Currently we are undergoing the FIFA review, which is the auditing by FIFA and since we took office, the FA has never failed in any of the FIFA Central review, we should be happy about this’’.

‘’Infrastructure has always been a problem. It is a problem; it is a challenge to us as a football family. It is also challenge to the National Sports Authority, as the body that are responsible for the maintenance of our football infrastructure’’.

‘’Currently we all know the situation in which we find ourselves. On our part, we will continue to make our investments as much as we can into football’’.

‘’We know about our investment in the construction of the first FIFA astro turf in the Upper East region that cost the FA seven hundred and forty-two thousand dollars ($742,000). Currently, every Division Two League game, every Women Division One League game and all Juvenile League games are honored on that astro turf in Upper East’’.

‘’We have our property in Prampram and we have awarded the contract for the construction of the floodlights on the astro turf that we have. The construction that is being funded by FIFA will start in the next few days and that will allow our coaches and our players to train in the evenings. It will also give opportunities to our clubs who compete in Africa, especially those who have their games being played in the evenings the chance to go to Prampram and to fully access the facility’’.

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The Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence (GSCE) is the Technical Centre of the Ghana Football Association (GFA). It was built in 2004 through FIFA Goal Project and handed over to the Association in 2008. The Centre is in Miotso, in the Ningo/Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region. The Centre is the home of Ghana football, built on a 68-acre land with very beautiful scenery conducive for camping and mental rejuvenation.

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