Pobiman: Hearts to move to permanent home
Accra Hearts of Oak have announced they are relocating to Pobiman, giving the Phobians their first permanent home in the club's 106-year history
Accra Hearts of Oak had for a long time held its training session on a piece of land near the Art Center in Accra, opposite the offices of the National Lotteries Authority.
The club at some point in time moved to the ATTC Park for its training sessions after their training ground in near the Arts Center was taken over by developers to convert it into a hospitality facility.
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From the ATTC Park, the Phobians shifted base to the Legon Ajax Park on the campus of the University of Ghana for its training sessions.
A statement issued and signed by the Hearts of Oak's Communications Manager Mr Kwame Opare Addo said effective Monday, July 30 2018, the Club would shift its training grounds from the University of Ghana, Legon, to Pobiman.
In 2012, Accra Hearts of Oak made attempts to hold its training sessions to the Pobiman training pitch after Green Grass Technology had done some work and handed it over to the club.
However, the head coach of the team at the time, Coach David Duncan preferred to hold his team's training sessions at the ATTC Park instead of Pobiman training grounds.
The Pobiman training grounds was thus abandoned and taken over by weeds. Some portions of the park turned into a refuse dump. However, the current Board and Management have taken steps to put the pitch in shape for use.
The move to Pobiman is seen as the first step in achieving Accra Hearts of Oak's long-held vision of the construction of three modern pitches to be used by the club for its training sessions.
The three pitches to be constructed are an artificial pitch, grass pitch and one grassless pitch.
In March this year, Accra Hearts of Oak released pictures of how the Pobiman Ultra Modern Training Complex will look like when completed. Proposed facilities include Staff Residence, Senior Housing Unit, GYM, Training Centers (Pitches), Laundry, Swimming Pool, Lockers, Toilet Facilities, Kitchen and Dining Hall.