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2024 polls: Not in this current crisis – John Mahama on building new stadium

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Former President and flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama, has told reporters he cannot promise a new stadium under the current economic crisis, as Ghana’s sports infrastructure remains in distress.

Ghana currently cannot boast a world class category A stadium, with the Confederation of African Football often forced to find compromises that allow the country’s football teams to honor continental matches at home.

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In an interaction with journalists Sunday night, Mahama was asked how he intended to address that problem if voted into power in December’s General Elections.

“In the current crisis in which we are, I would not stand here and promise that we will build a new stadium,” he said.

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“But I’ve said that under the big push, we intend to spend a certain amount of money over five years on providing a good infrastructure to include roads, bridges, agro-industrial parks, and so on and so forth.

“That could include sports facilities. And if we make allocation, then we probably would look at providing such a stadium,” he concluded.

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The Borteyman Sports Complex and the University of Ghana Stadium, both built for the 2023 African Games, are the only two facilities currently in good shape to host major multi-sports competitions.

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