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09.09.2004 Football News

GFA to take charge of FIFA Goal project site

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Accra, Sept. 9, GNA - The "Ghanaman Soccer School of Excellence" at Prampram, built partly with funds from the FIFA Goal Project will be handed over to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on Friday, September 10.

The project, which cost around 800,000 dollars, was completed after the world football governing body, FIFA granted Ghana 400,000 dollars from its Goal Project fund in June last year.

Others who contributed to the project are the Ghana government with a grant of 226,000 dollars, which included the site and structures originally earmarked for the Ghana Sports Academy and with the GFA contributing 174,000 dollars.

For a country to access the Fund, it has to fulfil three main conditions - Political stability, it must be a football nation and must apply the funds formally for its successful take-off.

According to the rules, ownership of the project is very important since it would have to be totally transferred into the hands of the GFA before FIFA would release funds for the project.

FIFA released the money directly to both the consultant and the contractors who are entitled to only six per cent of the total amount. The GFA as owners of the facility only played an inspecting role during the construction to give their approval.

Planachitects are the consultants with T. T. Ustay Developers Limited doing the construction works.

The FIFA Goal Project is aimed at bridging the gap between the developed and advanced European countries and the under developed nations in Africa, Asia and South America.

The project is also to help develop football worldwide, as it offers the beneficiary countries the opportunity to train coaches, referees, and football administrators as well as to embark on youth development programmes in a cost effective manner.

The Ghanaman Centre has two football fields, a hostel block complex made up of three buildings planned in staggered bays. Each bay would have a stair hall of six self contained bedrooms and two living rooms on the first and second floors thus bringing the total number of bedrooms in the facility to 40.

Other facilities include a cafeteria with a kitchen, an auditorium, a gymnasium, a clinic, offices, Library, a place to serve as forum for coaches as well as toilet facilities.

About 35 African countries affiliated to FIFA have benefited from the Fund although some are yet to complete their projects. 09 Sept 04