In a move to revolutionize training schedules for clubs and national teams, the Ghana Football Association (GFA), is set to start the construction of floodlights at the Ghanaman Centre of Excellence in Prampram.
Presently, the absence of floodlights at the Technical Center in Prampram limits evening training on the astro turf. However, with this ambitious project slated to be funded by proceeds from FIFA Forward 2.0, the landscape is set to change.
‘’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 the Meet The Press series in Kumasi.
‘’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,"