The National Sports Authority (NSA) has withdrawn the new rates for the usage of the Accra Sports Stadium with immediate effect.
In a press statement released yesterday, October 20 by the NSA, the institution indicated that any club who wants to use the Accra Sports Stadium as their home venue for the 2020/21 football season will have to pay GHC 20,000 in order to use the facility for each game.
The statement didn’t go down with numerous Ghanaian football fans, including the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Kurt Okraku, who took to his official Twitter account to express his disappointment over the charges.
“I have read in the public space a statement from the NSA on new stadia user facility charges.
“I will say this is unfortunate and our GFA will engage the NSA on this exorbitant and unacceptable fees,” Kurt Okraku wrote on Twitter.
In a new development, the NSA has backtracked on the new charges for the usage of the stadium, NSA Director General, Prof Peter Twumasi revealed in an interview with Kumasi FM.
“I can confirm the NSA has withdrawn the charges which was released on 19th October 2020 for the usage of the Accra Sports Stadium,” Prof Peter Twumasi said on Kumasi FM.
“However, the figure was agreed in consultations with the clubs who utilizes the Accra Sports Stadium as their home venue but met so many unpleasant reactions from all the clubs and other stakeholders.
“The minister will present to cabinet to seek funds in absorbing the cost of the stadium maintenance whiles the NSA also seeks for other sources for fund,” he added.
NSA will meet the management of all clubs going to use the stadium at 1pm today at the Accra Sports stadium.
The Accra Sports Stadium will host games in both the Premier League and Division One as six teams have confirmed to use the venue.
The venue will serve as home ground to Hearts of Oak, Legon Cities, Asante Kotoko, Inter Allies, Great Olympics and Division One side Accra Lions for the 2020/21 football season.