Professor Peter Twumasi, the Director of the National Sports Authority, has disclosed that clubs, including those in the Ghana Premier League, have entered into contracts securing alternative venues. This revelation comes as a response to earlier concerns about potential disruptions due to the closure of the Accra Sports Stadium for Christmas preparations.
Addressing the issue, Professor Twumasi emphasized that Premier League clubs, in particular, had established arrangements with various facilities, including Accra Sports Stadium, Baba Yara, Cape Coast, and Tamale. He highlighted the widespread availability of government astroturfs, which further expanded the options for Division One League and Women’s sport teams.
“Our arrangement is that if it gets to a point where the facility we use for sports development has some other event that will need the place, we give them an alternative venue,” Professor Twumasi explained, underscoring the flexibility in place to accommodate diverse events.
Crucially, he clarified that every club, whether it be the likes of Hearts of Oak, Great Olympics, or Kotoko, signs a contract that includes provisions for alternative venues. This contractual arrangement ensures that clubs are well-prepared for any situation that might necessitate a change of venue.
In emphasizing the comprehensive nature of these agreements, Professor Twumasi sought to reassure the football community that the necessary steps had been taken to address potential challenges.
The contracts not only secure the use of specific venues but also provide a contingency plan, reflecting a proactive approach to ensuring the seamless continuation of football activities.
As he stated, “Any club that will sign a contract… they sign the contract with alternative venues they select.” This statement underscores the deliberate efforts made by clubs to secure options beyond their primary home ground, displaying a level of foresight that is crucial for the smooth functioning of football events.
While initial reports may have painted a picture of uncertainty, Professor Peter Twumasi’s clarification brings to light the strategic planning undertaken by Ghana Premier League clubs.
The agreements with alternative venues, coupled with the flexibility offered by the National Sports Authority, demonstrate a commitment to overcoming logistical challenges and ensuring the uninterrupted progress of football competitions in Ghana.