GENERAL Secretary of the Professional Footballer Association of Ghana (PFAG) Tony Baffoe has called on the people of Osu and its environs to take good care of the newly commissioned light centre facility at the Osu Presbyterian Salem Park.
The facility which will enable students of the school as well as other users of the park to enjoy football under floodlights, forms part of the PFAG’s work at helping develop the game of football in the country.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony last Friday Mr. Baffoe said the maintenance culture in the country is nothing to write home about, but the people of Osu and its environs must help change the status quo from hence by taking good care of the new facility.
“It is true that our maintenance is bad but the people of Osu can rewrite the scripts and help change Ghanaians from this negative attitude. It is time for a fresh beginning and the people of Osu must lead the forward match to this new behavioral change.”
According to him learning to keep facilities like the light center among other is one sure way of asking for other facilities, “If those who built this facility see that you have taken good care of it there can be other facilities this park or community would benefit from.”
To this end he charged the chiefs and opinion leaders of the community to as a matter of urgency make sure the facility is put to the best of use to serve the community well.
Chief Executive Officer of Philip Lights, Ramon Van Der Val said his outfit was proud to partner the PFAG to contribute to the development of the game of football in communities in Ghana.
“Three years ago we went on a journey with PFAG and we are committed to this journey of sustainable development of football fields among others across the globe.”
Minister for Youth and Sports Dr. Mustapha Ahmed acknowledge the PFAG and Philip lights for such developmental projects across the communities, adding that it will help develop rising Ghanaians stars to attain their dreams in the sport.
However, there was a football match between the PFAG and the World coaches that ended in a 1-1 draw to test the new facility that was commissioned. The game saw past footballer such as former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah, Laryea Kingston, Augustine Arhinful, Nwanko Kanu, and current footballer of various clubs here in Ghana, former Dutch international Aaron Winter, Terrick Qulida were also there to showcase a brilliant football with lots of skills.
By Albert Agyeman