By Ishmeal Martey
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has disclosed plans to make funds available for the completion of the University of Ghana Stadium.
Mahama Ayariga, Minister in charge last week divulged intentions of his outfits to submit a bid to host the 2017 African Cup of Nation (AFCON) in Ghana, after the initial host Libya, had turned down a chance to stage the tournament due the political turmoil in the country.
In line with the ministry’s plan, the University of Ghana stadium is being considered as one of the facilities that could be refurbished and used, should country’s bid be accepted.
Hon. Ayariga last week, led an entourage to visit the facility to see the level of work done on the stadium so far and how much more work needed to be done.
"As part of our plans to tender a bid for the 2017 AFCON, we decided to visit some facilities we think we can use when hosting the event. We are in talks with the Finance Ministry to raise funds for the development of such facilities and the Legon Stadium is one of them", Michael Frimpong, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry told Univers Sports in an interview.
Construction on the about 80% complete Stadium, started as far back as 2003 but the edifice has not seen much progress in the last four years.
The 12,000 sitter edifice, when completed will have synthetic tartan track, water proof pitch, porcelain floor tiles, 14 station TV broadcasting system among other things.