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National teams unlikely to play outside Accra and Kumasi

Published on: 02 August 2011

Ameenu Shardow

The Tamale Sports Stadium is highly unlikely to be a venue to host a competitive fixture of any of the national teams.

The stadium constructed in 2007 purposely to host the Nations Cup in 2008 is in grave danger of being a white elephant.

Its 20,000 capacity (half off what the national wembley in Accra and Kumasi hold) and remoteness is putting authorities off in deciding to stage a competitive game there.

“It will be very difficult to have the national team play there considering the location and capacity,” Ghana FA Spokesman Randy Abbey told

“Have you seen the English national team play away from Wembley whenever it’s available before?”

This development is in direct conflict of what Ghanaians were made to understand during the construction of the stadium when fears of its sustainability were raised.

The previous NPP regime under whose watch the massive constructions took place explained to the public of a plan to rotate games around the four stadia to give all Ghanaians a feel of excitement associated with the national team.

But then only once has a competitive Black Star game been held outside Accra and Kumasi - at Essinpong which led to a stampede.

“Perhaps we can have some of the junior teams play there but even that with the experience of what happened at Essinpong, will be very difficult,” Abbey added.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Gabby says:
    August 03, 2011 03:35 am
    @ Amia, i've already forgiven you and i've asked my God to as well forgive you for i owe you no hatred. i was just trying to explain how i understood Randdy Abbey, but if you don't agree with me why do you curse me? He that is in me is greater than he that is in the world, so that will never come close to me, for thousands shall fall at my side and ten thousand at my other side but only my eyes shall see the reward of the wicked that saith the Lord. Repent for the Kindom of God is at hand. He tha has ear let him listen. thanks dear, i still love you as my Ghanaian brother/ sister no mater where you are from, peace be unto you.
  • Final Whistle says:
    August 03, 2011 09:20 am
    Good response Gabby. You have shown your Christian maturity and onto Amia pls don't be quick to attack people. No one think that Tamale is a war zone but the truth cannot be concealed. Anyway, I support the idea that, junior teams as well as the lady teams should play there. Why should the writer faulter NPP for constructing a stadium in Tamale? National Sports Council should be charged to put a good used of the infrastructure. Colts teams, inter schools games and others can make use of the facility. To me, the stadium should be seen as an investment opportunity in the north than a curse or white elephant. If over 1500 security men could be dispatched to the just ended NDC congress, why can't we have enough security men at the stadium during such matches?
  • Gabby says:
    August 03, 2011 01:29 pm
    thanks final whistle God bless you all
  • Abu says:
    August 03, 2011 01:43 pm
    To start with i need to go back to what randy is quoted as saying: 1."it will be difficult to have the national team play there considering the location and capacity" 2. Have you ever seen the english team play away from wembley whenever its available before" What excatly is randy saying? Do we as a people have to blindly copy the english? If the english team never played away from wembley, does that stop us from the opposite? South African national teams after the WC have continued to stage international matches outside Gauteng province & same applies to Germany.What "location" does he mean? Common randy give us a break ! Don't get stagnated in your thinking ! If there was a stampede at Essipong, what measures have u & the GFA put in place to curb?
  • JAAY says:
    August 02, 2011 07:13 pm
  • Gabby says:
    August 02, 2011 07:56 pm
    He is not God but this is simply a disaster management, they are just trying to avoid future occurances considering what happened at Asipong. let's try to understand them. just as he said maybe the junior teams might go up there but even that they are still considering the strenght and how important that match will be, in order not to meet more spectators for any future stampede. thanks
  • richie says:
    August 02, 2011 08:02 pm
    Jaay cud u pls rewind dat question again to tis arogant nitwit. foolish talk! this randy duplicate chromosome host with down syndrome kraaa wot be in wahala.
  • obvious says:
    August 02, 2011 08:35 pm
    randy talks as if he owns ghana football.
  • Amia says:
    August 02, 2011 09:45 pm
    What is that Gabby saying. Have you ever heard that someone died in the Tamale stadium? Atleast you have made it clear that, you are part of those fools who consider Tamale a war zoon. May you not leave long. Aamen.