2018 Women's AFCON: CAF team in Ghana for final inspection, draw

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
2018 Women AFCON will in Ghana from November 17 to December 1
2018 Women AFCON will in Ghana from November 17 to December 1

A team from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) led by one of its Deputy General Secretaries, has arrived in Ghana for the final inspection of facilities being prepared for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations to be held next month.

After the inspection, the team will stay on for the draw for the competition to be held at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra on Sunday.

The team began its work on Monday with a meeting with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) as well and the Minister of Youth and Sports before embarking on the inspection.

The Nduom Stadium is one of the training grounds for the Cape Coast Venue

The main facilities to be inspected are the Accra Stadium, one of the venues likely to host the opening and final games, the El-Wak Stadium and PRESEC Logon Park, both chosen as training pitches for the Accra venue, and the Cape Coast Stadium, the other match venue.

The Robert Mensah Stadium and Nduom Park, chosen as the training pitches for the Cape Coast Venue, will also be inspected by the team.

The roofing has been replaced and the grass re-grown at the Accra Stadium

Since their last inspection in August, a lot of progress has taken place, particularly at the Accra Stadium where the facility underwent a major rehabilitation.

Currently, roofing of portions of the stadium has been completed while re-grassing of the pitch is at an advanced stage.

While the LOC was confident the level of work will pass the final test, it was unhappy over how the Presec park was used on Friday by old students for their annual bonfire homecoming event.

However, the old students allayed fears, explaining that the field was tidied up the morning after the event.

Ernest Owusu-Afari, the vice president of the Presec alumni (Odadeɛs) told the Graphic Sports online that the clean up was undertaken the next morning by Zoomlion and the contractor who undertook the regrassing, Green Grass Technology (GGT) had also been contracted to repair any damage the activity on the field might have caused.

"Of course, we are not that irresponsible and insensitive that we will leave such a mess without plans to clean up. Indeed, Zoomlion had been contracted for the cleaning up so the morning after the event, the job was done and  the old students also brought in GGT to see if there was any damage which had to be repaired.

"It is unfortunate the way people have reacted to this. Just a few weeks ago, the same venue was used for the 80th anniversary celebration and the place was cleaned up afterwards. The same thing happened on Saturday morning.

"We  value the legacy this project leaves for the school as much as everyone else and have been contributing to its maintenance. It is equally dear to our hearts.

"I don't know if you are aware that the pitch has been maintained by the old boys and the school for all these years.  Through are efforts and contribution towards its maintenance, the pitch was in serviceable condition for it to be chosen again as a training ground. 

"Together with the school authorities, we have been instrumental in maintaining the pitch, so trust me, we would not do anything to destroy something we also hold dear."