Work on the Accra Hearts of Oak Pobiman Academy will start next week, the club’s majority shareholder Togbe Afede XIV has revealed.
Turkish firm Prefabex Construction is expected to start work on the modern facility.
The Pobiman Project when completed will be housed with staff residence, Senior Housing Unit, gym, training centers (Pitches), laundry, swimming pool, lockers, toilet facilities, kitchen and dining Hall.
“To become successful technically, we need infrastructures and that’s where the Pobiman Academy Project comes in. We have done everything that we need to do for the Pobiman Academy Project to start”, the President of the National House of Chiefs told GTV Sports +
“We have signed a contract with a Turkish company, Prefabex to build the structures for the Pobiman project. Prefabex is building the structures in Turkey and a local contractor has been tasked for the foundation under the Turkish company’s supervision. Works at the Pobiman Academy Project will commence next week. We will start digging the ground next week”.
He also blamed the outbreak of COVID-19 for the delay in the arrival of the club’s bus.
The deplorable state of the club’s current bus ‘The Phobia Bird’ has subjected the club to ridicule on social media platforms.
A former Board Secretary, Ernest Thomspon in a recent interview revealed that he gets teary whenever he sees the bus.
Media reports earlier this year indicated that the club was on the verge of securing a new bus with pictures circulating on social media. However, the arrival of the bus has delayed and now the Majority Shareholder Togbe Afede has provided clarity on what has caused it.
According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for the delay.
“It’s the COVID-19; In fact the bus that we had, we were supposed to provide an emergency loan and that was being worked on until the Covid -19 pandemic broke out.”
He disclosed that the board was actually working on securing two buses for the club.
The Hearts board chairman also urged government to support local clubs with a stimulus package to ease their financial burden.
The Ghana FA is still waiting on the government to aid clubs financially amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Speaking on a number of issues, Tgobe Afede XIV said “In terms of government support, it’s necessary. All over the world, governments have stepped in to support. What we’re going through today, is not only limited to Ghana.”
“The havoc it has done to this world is what we see today in Ghana. And it’s not only the football that is suffering, all other sectors are suffering.
“I think that football is such an important sector and government needs to step in. It’s sad that the contribution of football to our economy is not well-appreciated.”