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Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence Gets its First Set of Floodlights

In a momentous stride for Ghanaian football, the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence has welcomed its first set of state-of-the-art floodlights.

This transformative development was commemorated in a modest yet impactful ceremony on the evening of Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt E. S. Okraku, received the keys to the power plant powering the floodlights, symbolically illuminating the Astro turf and officially commissioning the floodlights.

Funded under the FIFA Forward Program, the project saw the installation of the floodlights by OVI Enschede, a Dutch electrical installations firm.

Installation technicians provided a demonstration to President Okraku and his delegation, outlining the simple guidelines for operating the floodlights.

The sight of the Astro turf shining under the new floodlights at Prampram was truly breathtaking.

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Expressing his gratitude to FIFA for their ongoing support for Ghana Football, President Okraku highlighted the added capacity and flexibility the floodlights bring to the Centre.

He stated, “The installation of this first set of floodlights means that training programs at the Centre can be held both during the day and at night. Our players in camp can train at night, and refereeing and coaching training programs can also extend into the evening.”

President Okraku also shared plans for further developments at the Centre, including the construction of a 40-bed accommodation facility for national teams and the near completion of a new Astro turf with support from BetPawa.

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He emphasized his vision to develop the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence into a facility befitting Ghana’s footballing talent and history.

During the ceremony, a group of National U-17 players trained under the new floodlights, with President Okraku and his team observing and engaging with the players afterward.

Accompanying President Okraku were GFA Chief of Staff Michael Osekre, Head of Public Relations and Strategy Neil Armstrong-Mortagbe, and Head of Legal Marian Serwaa Mensah.

Mr. David Alifoe, Deputy Director of the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence, assured President Okraku that the floodlights would be properly maintained, ensuring they continue to illuminate the future of Ghanaian football.

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