Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Pius Hadzide has lashed out at the erstwhile NDC government for being careless and looking unconcerned whilst national stadiums rusted away.
Facilities at the four stadiums that hosted the 2008 AFCON are continuously deteriorating with bad culture of maintenance.
The Accra Sports Stadium which is situated in Osu – a suburb of the nation’s capital – Accra, has experienced massive depression due to lack of maintenance of the facility while the rest in Kumasi, Tamale and Cape Coast are in no better shape.
Isaac Asiamah, Ghana’s current Minister of Youth and Sports, has made political promises to arrest the situation at the Accra Sports Stadium but nothing has been done yet since he came into office.
It was reported that former Youth and Sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye made attempts to shut down the Accra Sports Stadium for maintenance works but his ambitions were slowed down by the lack of venue for Accra Hearts of Oak who honour their Ghana Premier League games at the venue.
But, the Deputy Minister has blamed the National Democratic Congress government which was led by John Mahama for failing to ensure maintenance of the facility.
“A letter was written to the previous government to assist with maintenance works at the facility but they turned deaf ears. Another was sent and again nothing was done about it,” he told Accra-based Oman FM.
90 percent of stadiums in Ghana are owned by the state but maintenance culture of one of the biggest banes of the West African football powerhouse.
While the government have secured sporting facilities in the country, the Ghana FA cannot proud itself with even a mini-stadium despite years of churning out revenue from national team sponsorship and FIFA World Cup participation money.
Countries in the West where football is regarded with more respect – the Football Associations independently construct stadiums and religiously ensure maintenance of the facility.
The Ghana FA is however struggling under the burden of how to raise funds and does not even have a headline sponsor for the country’s top-tier league – the Ghana Premier League.
In the second-tier league, all 48 clubs playing in the Division One are made to cough up officiating fee to pay referees before the start of the season yet referees are owed monies after the end of the season.
The Ghana FA has openly blamed the local media for the downfall of football in the country, stating that the media gives the football governing body a bad image.
Meanwhile an Executive Committee member of the FA Wilfred Osei Kwaku, who owns a football club that played in the Ghana Premier League in the just ended season, is on record to have said the Black Stars failed to reach the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals because his outfit failed to make a budget for referees.
He is yet to be punished by the Ghana FA for his comment which has created a huge public outcry and perception of corruption within the body of the Ghana FA.
By El Akyereko