Ghanaman Centre to undergo major facelift

The Ghana Football Associ­ation (GFA) has now secured the Master Plan of its technical centre, the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram.

The FA stated in a statement yesterday that the development will clear the way for the facility to undergo a major revamp to give it a new look and improve the facilities.

This, according to the FA statement, follows the conclusion of negotiations and execution of the legal documents for the legal ownership of the 65.20 acre-land by the GFA with the allodial title holder (landowner), the Numo Awuley Kwao family of Miotso in Prampram.

It would be recalled that the FA at its last Congress was pre­sented with the master plan for the modernisation of the GFA Technical Centre to meet the tech­nical developmental needs of the Association.

The centre is located at Pram­pram, a coastal town in the Ningo Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region of Ghana; 45 min­utes’ drive from Accra.

The presentation of the master plan to Congress followed updates to Congress on the progress made at the time to secure the legal ownership of the land which had eluded the Association since the 90’s.

“The Association would need the support of all football lovers to ensure the successful develop­ment of the centre where players of the national teams, coaches, referees, football administrators, match commissioners will be trained.”

It said, “When completed, the GFA Technical Centre will boast of natural grass turfs, a mini Stadium covering an area of 6,825 square metres with a sitting ca­pacity of 6,000 and two changing rooms capable of hosting interna­tional matches of all the national teams except the Black Stars”.

The statement said, “the senior national ‘A’ will camp and train at the centre and may also host friendly matches at the centre. The Centre currently has one artificial turf and three natural turfs but will end up having eight natural and artificial pitches”.

“Two of the artificial turf pitches will have regular and VIP stands. One of these artificial pitches is what is known as the betPawa Park. The two stands will have dressing rooms which will serve both pitches, and capable of hosting league matches.”

“The Centre will also have two beach soccer pitches and two Futsal pitches. The GFA Technical Centre will also have an Adminis­tration Block, 12-Unit classroom block with fitted modern facilities.

The Ghanaman Centre will also have a 3-star hotel/hostel facil­ity with 58 guestrooms, medical sports facility, a gym, sauna, two Conference Rooms with (250 and 300- sitting capacities respectively), swimming pool, convenient shops, trophy room, eight workrooms for coaches, VIP Lounges among others.

The statement said with the legal issues fully resolved, the Associa­tion aims to channel its resources (including FIFA Forward project money) into ensuring that the mas­ter plan comes into fruition.


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