The Koforidua Stadium is set to undergo a total makeover to turn it into a multipurpose Youth and Sports Centre in the next nine months.
This follows a sod-cutting ceremony for the start of the project in the Eastern region of Ghana on Monday. The program was chaired by the Krontihene of New Juaben, Nana Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng on behalf of the New Juaben Omanhene Daasebre Professor Emeritus Oti Boateng.
The Koforidua Stadium, which has been in existence since 1957, only had a football pitch but will now undergo a complete reconstruction which end up with comprise a Fifa standard football pitch, an eight-lane athletic track, tennis, basketball and handball courts, a gymnasium, a counselling centre, a youth ICT centre, an entrepreneurship centre and a restaurant.
The project is expected to cost 1.8 million dollars but could see some adjustments following some new recommendations.
According to Youth and Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah, the project forms part of government’s efforts to provide Ghanaian youth with opportunities to develop their talents in all the ten regions of the country.
In an interview with Starr Sports on the sidelines of sod-cutting exercise, the Minister explained the reason behind the choice of an existing facility for the project in the Eastern region.
“We have stakeholders, so I listen to them a lot. Before you see any ground breaking, then it means a lot of consultations have been done. So if you have monitored wherever we go, there are some modification in the facilities. This is what the people wanted and I am a man that listens and so I have to do it for them,” he said.
Hon. Isaac Asiamah also outlined revealed plans to keep the facility and the other nine set to be constructed countrywide in shape after completion.
“We will create a maintenance unit where experts will take stock and repair the facility periodically. We are developing a manual on that which will see to the fixing of tear and wear to avoid deterioration.
A module is also to be prepared for pitch maintenance,” he noted..