Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, the president of the Ghana Football Association, is optimistic that the development of the FIFA-standard artificial pitch at Winkogo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region will result in the production of more international athletes like the illustrious Abedi Ayew “Pele.”
The President made this remark when paying a visit to Raana Naab Kugbil Namaltang, the overlord of the Talensi Traditional Area Tongo, at the Tongraan Palace.
“I was very certain about the project and the benefits to the football ecosystem. The people in this region needed something special to nature talents and to grow the sport and I can confidently say that they finally got it. Winkogo is a top quality football pitch that would help us produce the next Abedi Pele”President Simeon-Okraku said.
“We would like to thank the overlord of the Talensi Traditional area and the Headmaster of the Bolgatanga Senior High School for donating this parcel of land for this project”
“For me this is the best news for the people of Winkogo, and it’s environs. The pitch is the first phase of the project, we will cut sod for the construction of changing rooms for both girls and boys, an office complex for the Regional Football Association and spectator stand as the second and third phase of the project” he added.
The facility will benefit the residents of Winkogo and the surrounding area and assist in addressing the significant sports infrastructure shortage the area has had over the years.
The building will house the Upper East Regional Football Association’s administrative offices, locker rooms, spectator stands, and an artificial football field that meets FIFA standards and can hold all games, including elite domestic events.
You may recall that on August 5, 2020, the Ghana Football Association acquired the land in Winkogo for the purpose of building an AstroTurf. This came about as a result of the Executive Council’s decision to use a portion of the project funds from the FIFA Forward 1.0 program to build two Astro Turfs, one at Prampram and the other at Winkogo.