The Ghana High Commission in South Africa has donated food items to the Black Stars to boost their preparation for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier against Lesotho.The donation was made by Mrs Martha Pobee, the Acting Head of Mission, on Tuesday just before the Black Stars went for training in Johannesburg.She was accompanied by several officials of the High Commission including Mr. Lawrence Azumah when they made the donation to the players.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan who received the items on behalf of the team was delighted over the commitment the High Commission officials towards the national team.“We thank you for everything you have done for us since we arrived he on Saturday,” Gyan said when he received the donation.“You were around to help the team when we arrived at the airport and have been since helpful to the team. To bring food items too as well shows that you really care about us. “We thank you very much and we want to assure you that we will get the victory against Lesotho to make the people of Ghana happy.”Ghana FA chief Kwesi Nyantakyi also hailed the High Commission in South Africa for the assistance they have been giving the Black Stars over the years.“This is not the first time you have been assisting the team. Anytime we come here you have something special for us.” Nyantakyi told the High Commission officials.Ghana are camping in Johannesburg ahead of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Lesotho on Sunday.
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Perry Curtis Okudzeto and of Inner City and Zongo Development Minister, Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, say they are impressed with work done so far on the Madina mini-stadium.The first phase of the facility which is being constructed by the Inner-City & Zongo Development Ministry with technical assistance from the Sports Ministry project has been completed with full work expected to be done by mid-October this year. The first phase of the facility has an AstroTurf pitch capable of hosting 11-aside football games and a stand. Mr Okudzeto and Dr Abdul-Hamid on Wednesday inspected the facility to familiarize themselves with the work done.Addressing the media after inspection, Mr Okudzeto said, “This facility here is a standard community park and should be seen as such and which qualifies to host any kind of tournament.” “I support the vision of both the Inner City and Zongo Development Ministry initiators of the project and the Sports Ministry in making sure that the facilities both outfits are putting in place the country at the end of the day would improve the skills of the budding young talents we have.”L-R: CEO of Wembley Sports Construction Robert Tetteh Coleman, Perry Okudzeto and Dr Abdul-HamidOn his part, Dr Abdul-Hamid said the facility will enhance the capability and local league, juvenile league as well as the various division and then for export in terms of the number of players the country is able to polish up for the foreign markets.The facility when completed will have a multipurpose court, 5- aside pitch, basketball court, changing room, public washroom, CCTV camera installation with control rooms and floodlights. The project is instructed by Ghana’s Markert Leaders in Artificial football turf Construction and management, Wembley Sports Construction Co. Ltd and is the single biggest Artificial Sports Complex with astroturf. It’s among three of such projects in some selected Zongo Communities.