Ghana’s market leaders in the construction and management of artificial football turf, Wembley Sports Construction Company limited (WSCCL) yesterday began a GH¢4 million sports and recreational complex at Tema Manhean near Accra.
The project, aimed at unearthing talents, promoting good health and tourism is being funded by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
It would have an 8,030 square meters artificial football turf(astro turf) fitted with floodlights with seating capacity for 1,000 spectators, a main building with VIP and changing room.
The project would also have a multi-purpose court for basketball, lawn tennis, a playing ground for children and a car park.
The project facilitated by the Member of Parliament for the Tema East Constituency and deputy Minister of Transport, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover and Nii Adjei Kraku II, Paramount Chief of Tema is being constructed by Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited, the experts in artificial Turf construction and Management and it is expected to be completed in 12 months.
Speaking at the ceremony, Titus-Glover who is also the Deputy Minister for Transport thanked the Management of GPHA and the Tema Traditional Council (TTC) for the gesture which would go a long way to help sports development especially football in the area.
He was grateful to the contractor for accepting to train some youth in the area to handle the maintenance of the facility after completion.
Nii Titus-Glover, therefore, advised residents to support the contractor so that he would be able to complete the job on schedule.
He said other important projects such as the 100 bed hospital, alternative road from Tema Manhean through VALCO planned for the town would soon take off.
A member of the TTC, Nii Armah Somponu, expressed appreciation to all who made the project possible.
He said the area abound in football talents, mentioning a few like Adjei Alaska, Shamo Quaye both of blessed memory and Abladey Kuma among others who featured prominently for the national football team the Black Stars.
He promised that the TTC would regularly maintain the project to ensure it lasts its full term.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Felix Nii Anang-La, said government would ensure that the people of Tema duly got their fair share of the national cake.
The General Manager of Wembley Sports Construction Company, Nana Antwi, said the company was committed to transferring astro turf technology from the Western world to expedite football development in the country.
He said the grass being used for the project was the best quality approved by the Federation of International Football Association (FiFa), adding that it was guaranteed to last for 12 years.
Nana Antwi promised that they were determined to complete the project ahead of schedule.
WSCCL’s flagship project “One Constituency, One Artificial Football Tur” has so far constructed over 10 fields at Walewale, Kyebi, Marina, Nungua, Ablekuma Central, Airport West and Adenta among others.
FROM GODFRED BLAY GIBBAH, TEMA