MoYS pledges support for WAFU tourney

Isaac Asiamah - Committed to WAFU tournament

Isaac Asiamah – Committed to WAFU tournament

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah has assured organisers of the inaugural West African Football Union (WAFU) tournament of the ministry’s support in putting up a successful tournament.

The WAFU tourney is the first tournament major championship to be hosted by Ghana after the AFCON 2008 with the state of the nation’s infrastructure raising concerns with Ghana’s readiness to stage the sub-regional event scheduled for September 9-24.

With the newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium in a good state, most of the concerns have been shared on the state of facilities at the Essipun Sports Stadium which has not seen any refurbishment after it was built for the 2008 AFCON.

But in an interview with the Times Sports, Mr. Asiamah allayed fears of the organisers, indicating that Ghana was ready to host a successful tournament that will put pressure on the hosts of the next edition.

According to him, works are ongoing at the Essipun stadium to put it in a very good shape for the tournament with the same thing going on at the Cape Coast stadium.

“The organisers have been in the country for quite over four months now and have witnessed the rate at which works were being carried out. They have given thumbs-up to the state of the facilities on hand. They are very content with what they have seen so far and most of them are very convinced about staging a beautiful tournament.

“We are committed as a government to make sure all the facilities are provided with whatever is required just to have a very smooth tournament. Where we have to inject some capital, the ministry was ready to do so.”

For him, it was time for the nation to once again showcase to the rest of Africa and the world that Ghana is the best destination for major international tournaments.

“We have the capacity to host the great WAFU festival. In 2008, we did a great job with the AFCON. Maybe we should use this one to tell all that the 2008 success was no fluke. We will use this tournament to open the doors for other tournaments to be hosted here in Ghana.”

On Ghana’s chances of annexing the trophy, he stated that the Black Stars B are capable of making the nation proud by winning the title, adding that, ‘they have a bright chance to showcase to all that they have what it takes to play in the real Black Stars and also show the supremacy of the Ghana Premier League over the other leagues in the region.’

“The tournament will present these players the opportunity and a platform to demonstrate and exhibits whatever qualities and skills they have in them to the best of Africa and the world.”

He said the event may not command the following of an AFCON or other continental event but would still offer a big exposure which the players must embrace to carve a niche for themselves internationally and charged players from the 16 participating countries to see the tournament as an opportunity to break through.

By Raymond Ackumey

 

 

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