FRANK BOAHEN, Managing Director of Green Grass Technology (GGT), a company contracted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports to manage the Accra Sports Stadium field says the poor state of the pitch is as a result of a strike action embarked upon by workers of the company following the ministry’s failure to pay the company for services rendered for three years.
The action by the company’s workers has culminated in the current poor state of the field which turned brownish until recent rains gave a glimmer of hope.
The situation rendered it unusable by the Black Stars on Monday when the team gathered to prepare for Friday’s encounter with Comoros in a FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Led by head coach Avram Grant, the team was forced to regulate the day’s training regimen to the Osu Cemetery end of the pitch with Grant advising the FA to find an alternative for yesterday’s session.
The team, however, failed to train yesterday morning but trained later in the day after groundsmen from Liberty Professionals were drafted in to rescue the situation.
Persuasion to get GGT to return its men to the facility has proved futile considering its financial obligations to the staff.
He said: “The state of the pitch is unfortunate. The workers have decided to lay down their equipment because we have not been able to pay them. I have been pleading with them but we as a company don’t also have the funds to pay the workers to go back to work.”
According to Boahen work done from December 2012 to February 2014 when the contract expired have not been paid.
He said despite winning a new bid to continue with work from 2014 up to the time they embarked on the strike, the Ministry has failed to pay an invoice submitted to the Ministry of Finance by former sector Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah for work done from December 2012 to August 2013.
Skipper of the side, Asamoah Gyan, in a brief interview with journalists appealed to those in charge of the pitch to put it in a good state to make training and preparations easier for the team.
By Enoch Ntiamoah