GFA to adopt newly constructed astro-turf pitch for Premier League games
The President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has expressed his desire to collaborate with the University of Professional Studies, Accra to utilise its new pitch as a matchday centre for the Ghana Premier League games.
The newly commissioned sports facility is a FIFA standard Astro-turf pitch with a 5,000 seating capacity, floodlights, changing rooms and offices worth GH₵ 4 million.
Accessibility to standard football pitches has been the misery of the Ghana Premier League for a long time. The poor quality of football pitches has resulted in several player injuries and contributed to the player exodus in recent times.
However, with the outdooring of the newly constructed football pitch at UPSA, the GFA President believes it will bring numerous benefits to the sport such as nurturing talents in the country.
“Ghana Football Association will collaborate with UPSA Authorities to ensure that our clubs can use this place. As to [whether] it will be for Ghana Premier League, Division One or grassroots football, we will have to wait for a while,” Mr Okraku said.
“I know we will collaborate with them to allow our clubs to benefit from this Astro-turf. The Astro Turfs are equally important like the footballs, so we need a lot of football pitches. This is a big statement because it will help the boys and girls to develop their talents,” he added