By Cecil Mensah
The opposition New Patriotic Party’s (NPP’s) parliamentary aspirant for Madina Constituency in the Greater Accra region, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, has secured a partnership deal for the development of the Madina football pitch into an Astroturf to unearth football talents in the densely populated area of Accra.
The large tract of land situated in the Madina –Zongo area that serves as a football pitch for the teeming unemployed youth, has been undeveloped over the past decades, in spite of promises upon promises from political leaders in the area to have the parcel of land developed into a modern stadium.
The Turkish partners, have given their indications to develop the pitch into a fifteen thousand capacity Astroturf stadium in the next three months, when Alhaji Boniface, took the delegation on a tour of the pitch last week.
According to the Turkish partners, they are interested in developing the youth, between the ages of ten to twelve to join an academy in Turkey to be groomed for first division teams in Turkey.
Speaking to the Press after taking the delegation on tour of the pitch, Alhaji Abubakar Boniface, said the project was a long term project for the development of football talents in the Constituency.
The former Minister for Employment and Manpower Development, who is credited to have successfully introduced the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), now the Ghana Youth and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA); added that the project, if completed would harness the football talents of the youth.
He revealed that, the team was expected to leave Accra and return in time with expertise from the Galatasarai Football Club to train coaches for the academy and build the Astroturf.
He said, his office was doing the project in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, who are the owners of the pitch.
He maintained the project was a dream come through and an effort to give back to the community, he has lived in for the past thirty years.
He said the project has been on the drawing baord during his days as a Cabinet Minister under ex-President John Agyekum Kufour.
He was elated the project was going to become a reality at the time, he is seeking to lead the Constituency in the 2017 Parliament of the country.
He noted the project, if completed would create more avenues for the youth since playing football has become a profession that has the tendency for
the youth to be popular and change the destiny of the immediate members of their families.
He maintained, playing football has become a fashionable profession that is passionately followed by millions of supporters across the globe.
Football has become a commodity that is transforming the lives of the teeming youth, who hitherto would be on the streets of the cities of the country begging for alms, he said.