Right to dream opens Mantrac Centre

BY: Kweku Zurek

The president of the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Tony Baffoe, has charged students of the Right to Dream (RtD) academy to take advantage of the world-class facilities at their disposal to reach their full potential.

The ex-Black Stars defender was speaking last Friday at the launch of the academy's new state-of-the-art training facility christened, ‘The Mantrac Centre’, at Old Akrade in the Eastern Region.

The construction of the Mantrac Centre is as the result of a collaboration between RtD and Mantrac Ghana, the sole authorised Caterpillar Dealer in Ghana. The project, which started in 2012, has seen the construction of four full-sized pitches and four eight-a-side pitches across five acres of land.

Baffoe said, "Every time I visit this facility, I witness a change in infrastructure. I thank all RtD staff for doing a wonderful job of combining football and education.

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"To the students, I urge you to take inspiration from players such as Stephen Appiah; he did not have such facilities as a young footballer but he reached the top. You have the best of formal education and football and must excel," Baffoe added.

The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RtD, Tom Vernon, thanked Mantrac for its generosity, describing it as a great example of the positive impact the private sector could make in the development of young African talent.

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Emad Adeeb, the Managing Director of Mantrac Ghana, said the construction of the training facility was in line with his outfit’s corporate social responsibility which aims to impact communities with sustainable initiatives that will travel beyond Ghana.