Ghana’s Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah has given strong signals the Accra Stadium may be replaced as one of host venues for the upcoming 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.
There have been concerns about the pace of renovation works on the edifice which commenced in April. It is understood that it slowed down at some point due to delays in the release of cash to contractors for the project.
Things have picked up in the past few weeks with the Project Manager doubling the number of workers on site while assuring the job could be completed early October – just about a month to the November 17 kickoff for the tournament.
But the Sports Minister, in an interview with GNA Sports, has said that in bid to ensure value for money, the contractors should not rush and end up doing a shoddy work.
According to Isaac Asiamah, the country has alternative stadium facilities which can equally host the Women’s Afcon should the Accra Stadium be not ready in time.
“The Accra Sports Stadium is not the only stadium in Ghana that can host the tournament, we have other stadia in Kumasi, Tamale, Cape Coast and Obuasi, which are equally good to host the games.
“Yes, we have to get value for money and each penny must benefit us, hence there should be no shoddy work,” he stated.
The Minister then revealed: “We have written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to send inspectors to Ghana to inspect the places I have mentioned and they have responded positively.”
“I have sent people to inspect the Kumasi and Tamale Sports Stadium and they look good, though we might need only a few things to put the place in good shape,” he added.
The renovation works being undertaken at the Accra Stadium is majorly on the VIP Stand, the replacement of the scoreboard and a complete re-grassing of the playing surface.