Accra stadium complete


The 40 000 all-seater stadium located in the heart of Accra was rebuilt at a cost of US$48-million (R315-million) for Africa’s soccer showpiece event.

It was the site of Ghana's Nations Cup wins in 1963 and 1978 and current captain Stephen Appiah says he and his colleagues are keen to play there on February 10 in the Final of the 2008 tournament.

"I went over to see the stadium when I was on holiday. I just can't wait to play there again. I am confident we will play there in the Final," Appiah tells Kick Off.

Officials have called the new-look stadium, and three others in Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi and Tamale, the biggest structural legacy from the tournament, but have been warned by the contractors to develop the right maintenance culture for them.

Jimmy Castania, Project Manager at the Ohene Djan Stadium, said: "We have put up a beautiful structure comparable to any good stadium in the world. I just hope that it will be maintained well so we can maximise its benefits."

The new-look stadium will host its first game on November 16 when Ghana play Nigeria in a crucial Olympic qualifier, before the senior side, the Black Stars, line-up against either Benin or the United Arab Emirates in the opening game of a Four Nation tournament.

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