Project Manager for the renovation of the Accra Sports Stadium, Chris Aviah has reassured the facility will be ready to host the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations but admits his outfit may need a few days beyond the originally set deadline for the completion of work.
In February this year, Coupbay Ghana Limited began works on restoring the structural integrity of the oldest sporting edifice in the country in February with a September deadline.
But work stalled midway over issues of funds.
Speaking to starrsportsgh.com over fears that the Accra Stadium will not be ready to host the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in November due to lost time, Aviah maintained the stadium will be made available in time.
“We should be able to [hand over the Accra Stadium],” he said while continuing that “we have really doubled up on the number of machines and people that we’re using. We have about 61 workers on site and things are picking up.”
“By late September or maybe very early October, we should finish it. We’re pushing to get it ready,” Mr. Aviah added.
The scope of work in the ongoing renovation include re-roofing of the VIP lounge; replacement of damaged steel stands and separators, defective bolts in bottling systems to steel structural members at the Orange and VIP stands; Coating and painting of structural steel members with appropriate protection chemicals/paints and repairs of scoreboard.
Meanwhile, works have also began on the training facilities to be used by the eight competing teams during the Women’s Afcon tournament.
Caf was expected to undertake a second technical inspection to ascertain Ghana’s readiness in June but it is understood that has not happened due to the current standoff between the GFA and government.
The teams for the 13th edition of the biennial tournament scheduled for November 17 to December 1 were determined last month. Defending champions Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Zambia have qualified to join hosts Ghana.