13.01.2004 Sports News

Minister visits re-grassing of stadium

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Accra, Jan 14, GNA - Mr Kwadwo Baah Wiredu, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports (YES) on Tuesday visited the Accra Sports Stadium to check on the progress of the mini re-grassing of the playing field currently underway.

The ministers' visit was to study the evolution of work on the pitch been carried out by Mr. Frank Boahene, head of corporate grounds of English Soccer club side, Fulham who is currently in the country on a one-week tour.

Mr. Baah Wiredu said the ministry has plans to upgrade the Kumasi and Accra Sports Stadiums as a start while other pitches will receive the same face lift in due time and mentioned the Tamale, Sunyani, Sekondi and Prampram parks among the selected fields. He said the government was poised to give the needed support to improve sports in the country and tasked the team of expects who have been mandated to ensure the maintenance of the fields to work towards that quest.

The minister indicated that other mini parks and playing fields would in future be developed to serve the purpose of budding talents from the grass root level.

Mr Boahene, a ground expert with the English club who visited the country last July on the invitation of the government said he was encouraged with the progress made so far towards the field maintenance he proposed during the visit.

He told the GNA Sports he was impressed with the effort made by the ministry to implement his report and the proposal which he submitted last September and was optimistic that the desired result will be achieved if the current progress is anything to go by. Mr Boahene who projected Bahamas grass for the re-grassing said the Accra Sports Stadium currently have over 70 percent of unwanted weeds which needs be uprooted as the first step in a series of programmes lined up for the project.

When the GNA visited the stadium, grounds men were uprooting the unwanted grasses where fresh once expecting to replace them before the Coca Cola Top Four kicks off this Saturday.

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