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Dutch side Utrecht unveil academy in Ghana

Published on: 06 March 2011

Dutch top flight side Utrecht have established an academy in Tamale to help to unearth and develop football talents in the north for the country.

The Tamale Utrecht Football Academy (TUFA), which is currently under construction on a 13-acre land in Kasalgu, a suburb of Tamale.

It would be equipped with a gymnasium, two football pitches with 2,000 capacities, hostels to accommodate about 40 people, cafeteria, swimming pool, managers' residence and classroom blocks.

Mr Jawhari Baba-Duah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the academy in Ghana, speaking at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction work to begin on Saturday, said owners of FC Utrecht in Holland were fully funding the academy.

He said the aim of establishing the academy was also to help address the problem of 'human trafficking' in soccer, especially in the north to bring sanity into the sporting world.

He said the academy had already formed a second division football club known as Tamale Utrecht Football Club and the players were on a GH¢70 monthly allowance, adding that all the players were on free  medical care.

He said footballers, especially those from the north, had special talents but because of the unavailability of training facilities and infrastructure to develop those talents they always lagged behind in development.

He said those who would have the opportunity to be selected into the academy would graduate into the Utrecht Football Academy who would also have the chance to play justifiers in Holland with the mother club.

Mr Baba-Duah said TUFA had been collaborating with the Tamale football authorities to ensure that the aim of establishing the academy yielded positive results.

He advised the youth between the ages of 12 and 16 years who had the potential, to avail themselves at the academy to unearth their hidden talents.

Comments

  • Prime Eye says:
    March 07, 2011 02:03 am
    Let’s image our foreign base players playing for our local team before retiring from football.. Not for the money but how it’s gonna help our league and local base players too. Like the Ronaldo’s and co. I pray and hope this comes true someday… Amen
  • John Smith says:
    March 06, 2011 03:53 pm
    Good for Ghana now i can see that the soccer academies are no replacing the colts soccer
  • coach says:
    March 06, 2011 04:01 pm
    Fantastic idea,atleast it will help the kids the North.
  • OBIBA says:
    March 06, 2011 06:13 pm
    That is good news,hope there want be any bribery matter when it the child has to go for trials in holland.
  • max says:
    March 06, 2011 07:40 pm
    great news, hope more will follow for the people of GH
  • Abu says:
    March 07, 2011 07:16 am
    Great idea & job being done there.kudos to all those who have hatched this noble idea.
  • Tico says:
    March 06, 2011 08:47 pm
    Brilliant! This is how we should think in these parts. We can develop talents for clubs while they provide the finances - that way we win and they win. Shouting Chelsea4live or Manu4life and not getting anything in return is pretty foolish.
  • Guyo Saba says:
    May 28, 2011 11:15 am
    "On a GH¢70 monthly allowance!" Is this some sort of joke> smh!
  • Mr Ishmael says:
    June 13, 2012 12:17 pm
    I will like to know the procedure to which you do your recruitment and where in Accra-Ghana i can get in contact with your office. Thank you
  • charles says:
    January 09, 2013 11:04 pm
    Pls i would want to join the academy.i'm a young talented footballer who returned from Lagos notnlong ago to raise high the flag of Ghana in the Glo soccer academy reality tv show having qualified to be a part of the 33 boys needed out of abt 2000 players