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Winkogo will produce more Abedi Pele – Kurt Okraku predicts

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

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.

Sheikh Tophic Sienu

Tophic Abdul-Kadir with the pen name Sheikh Tophic Sienu is a Ghanaian journalist with specialization in sports reporting and media consultancy. He has been a practicing sports journalist since 2008 and a media consultant for many government agencies and private sector organizations. He studied Communications Studies at the Christian Service University College in Kumasi and is currently pursuing an MA in Strategic communications at the African University college of communications in Accra. He also holds B.ed in Basic Education from the University of Education, Winneba. Married and blessed with two handsome boys and a girl, Sheikh Tophic Sienu resides in Accra, the capital of Ghana and currently works as the editor for West Africa’s fastest growing football portal – FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh Until his appointment as editor for FootballMadeInGhana.com.gh, Sheikh Tophic Sienu was the editor for the colourful football portal 442gh.com and also spent three years with the biggest football website in Ghana, GHANAsoccernet.com as a writer and reporter. He is a regular television analyst/football pundit on Ghana Television (GTV), Metro TV as well as serving as a pundit for the Bundesliga on match days on GTV Sports+. He’s highly respected for his knowledge of the African game, his punditry on the German Bundesliga as well as his admiration and consistent updates of the Bundesliga, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup as well as the AFCON on social and mainstream media. He is one of a few football writers in Ghana to have had the opportunity of traveling to cover the Bundesliga on a media visit organized by the DfB International and broadcast partners StarTimes. He is a well-organized team player, detailed-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks. He has covered several events including top international sporting events – Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), West Africa football Union (WAFU) and the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar- as well as serving as a consultant for several football clubs and media outlets in Ghana. He is a perfectionist and always wants to achieve the best out of the lot. He is always a unifier wherever he is found as well as helping to accelerate the achievement of goals and has positioned himself as a valuable resource in a variety of situations. Even though he believes in certificates, he believes in what he can do more than what he has. He is highly connected in the Ghanaian media as well as several Africa countries and is a valuable asset to facilitate and accelerate the achievement of goals through the media and communication industry.

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