Soccer News of Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Accra, Sept. 15, GNA - Abdul Rashid Pelpuo, Minister of Youth and
Sports has announced a facelift for the Kaladan Park at Tamale Municipality in the Northern Region.
The move is aimed at uplifting sports infrastructure across the country especially in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions. Mr Pelpuo who made the announcement at the 'Meet the Press' Series on Tuesday, in Accra expressed shock at the current state of the Tamale-based football park. The Kaladan Park, formerly grounds of the only existing premiership club in the Northern Region, Real Tamale United (RTU) has been
abandoned following the construction of the ultra-modern Sports Stadium
during the Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
The 'Pride of the North' have since relocated to the Tamale Stadium,
leaving the Kaladan Park at the mercy of the weather and nature. Mr Pelpuo said the Park has been swallowed up by drenches, hence the
need for a major facelift to serve its intended purpose. The Minister explained that the National Sports Council (NSC) has
furnished his outfit with a budget to uplift and re-grass the Kaladan Park to
serve the people of the Tamale Metropolis. He also 'cried out' in astonishment as to how a park in Navrongo has
metamorphosed into a rice and maize farm and abandoned to its fate. "I have ordered that the falling walls be replaced and get the facility back
to its original state." Addressing a wide range of issues related to Youth and Sports, Mr
Pelpuo reiterated Government's support towards the provision of basic
infrastructure to achieve desired goals. On the headquarters of the National Youth Council, formerly Kaneshie
Sports Complex, he assured that Government has made funds available for
the completion of the Office complex and uplifting of the deteriorating state
of the sports facilities. The completion, he said is being done in collaboration with a private
firm, which is in line with Government's support for the private sector
participation in Sports development. Mr Pelpuo also poured out that the name of the Complex will become
"Azumah Nelson Youth and Sports Complex" instead of the current
"Azumah Nelson Sports Complex." With respect to the status of the National Sports College located in
Winneba, he gave the assurance that institute will remain autonomous. He dismissed reports about the Institute's consummation by the
University of Education, Winneba.
"The National Sports College won't be part of the University of
Education. We have secured a parcel of land and fencing will soon begin."
The Minister again assured that the Ministry is bent on making the Institute the best Sports training centre around. Mr Pelpuo also urged national team handlers to consider players from the Institute's Academy for the various national teams. Black Satellites duo, Samuel Inkoom and Abeiku Quansah are among
the recent products of the Academy.