”The pitch state of Ohene-Djan Sport Stadium is the worst ever seen”
Black Stars’ coach Avarm Grant has described the state of the Ohene-Djan Sport Stadium pitch as the worst ever seen pitch throughout his entire sports career.
This description comes after the Ghana-Rwanda match yesterday, September 3, 2016 during a brief interaction with a section of the media.
According to him, “I must say that Accra Sport Stadium is the worst pitch I have ever seen in my career. The field is in an extreme bad state which affects the players as they run about on the pitch.”
Adding, “the maintenance of the pitch is very poor and whenever questions concerning it is raised; the response is there is no money… There is no money for fuel, there is no money for this and that! If this continue, it will affect our style of playing in all aspect.”
Meanwhile, after the first half of the Ghana-Rwanda match; the pitch was watered purposely to soften the pitch for flexibile movements for the players. The 40,000 seater stadium, yesterday recorded an unexpected low turnout.
Renamed after Ghana’s first Director of Sports, Ohene-Djan in 2004; the stadium which was originally known as the Accra Sports Stadium has had series of controversies surrounding it.
As a designated venue for some matches during the 2008 African Cup of Nations, the stadium was rebuilt, upgraded and modernized to meet FIFA standards. The stadium renovation project was completed in October 2007 and inaugurated with a 4-nation tournament which recorded Ghana as the winners of the Zenith Cup.
The Ohene-Djan Sport Stadium also serves as the home of Ghana’s most popular football club, Accra Hearts of Oak alias Great Olympics.
Editor’s Note: Article written by amalarbieafrica.com’s Sports reporter, Nana Adwoa Kwofie. (Edited by Ama Larbie)