The management of stadia facilities across Ghana has often drawn intense criticism with the National Sports Authority mostly being attributed the blame for the bad state of facilities entrusted in its care.
This wasn’t exactly the case as Director-General of National Sports Authority, Prof Peter Twumasi talked stadium facility management in an interview with West FM.
The NSA boss suggested the lack of maintenance manual, inability to review facility user charges as well as some superstitious practices by Ghana clubs, contributed to the poor state of facilities.
“For 15 years we haven’t reviewed our charges. After my last review, there were lots of complaints though it was just ten per cent of what is commercially available”
“Users expect to pay small fees to use the facilities but this doesn’t help generate funds for renovation works”, Prof Twumasi told West FM.
He insisted that due to certain limitations, it has been increasingly necessary to run the facility as a private entity [commercially], as the NSA can raise at least ghc700,000 from a premier club for using a stadium [Esipong Sports Stadium].
Prof Peter Twumasi further went on to single-out clubs for the bad state of football pitches due to their superstitious belief.
The NSA boss revealed that some clubs prior to games pour salt on to the pitches and these, unfortunately, affects the grass.
“Since assuming office last year, I’m yet to see a maintenance manual for any of our stadiums”, he added.
Prof. Peter Twumasi took over from Mr Majeed Bawa as Director-General of the NSA in December 2018.