The Chief of Konongo, Nana Batafo Acheampong Nti, has promised to offer six acres of land to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to construct a new stadium in the Konongo Municipality.
Speaking to Graphic Sports Online in an interview, Nana Nti said the Konongo Stadium, which used to be the league centre for Premier and lower division clubs, would also be released to the ministry and the GFA to host competitive football matches.
He said the Konongo Stadium was not only fully fenced and equipped with inner perimeter fencing, but also had dressing rooms for both home and away teams, as well as adequate space to accommodate spectators.
He commended the Sports Minister, Mr Isaac Kwame Asiamah, for initiating the construction of sports stadia in various parts of the country to motivate the youth with potential in sports to develop their talents.
He noted, however, that while the minister had been busy constructing sports facilities at some selected communities in Ghana, the Konongo Municipality, which had produced talented football stars for the various national teams and Premier and lower division clubs over the years, had been neglected.
“It is for this reason that I have made available six acres of land in the Konongo Municipality for the construction of a sports stadium to support the Sports Minister’s initiative to unearth football stars, as well as help them to develop their potentials to raise the standard of play in Ghana,” Nana Batafo Acheampong explained.
He said releasing the Konongo Stadium to the Sports Ministry would also make it a national asset for the purpose of hosting competitive football and other sports disciplines.
“I constructed the Konongo Sports Stadium single-handedly over 20 years ago, but it cannot be used for any competitive football now because it needs to be refurbished, hence my desire to see the Sports Ministry and the GFA take over now.
“Since it is meant for football, I want the president of the GFA to liaise with the Sports Minister to take total control of the stadium and rehabilitate it for the hosting of football matches in the municipality,” he stressed.