The Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi has been exclusively reserved for funerals and other social activities on Saturdays, Director of the National Sports Authority in Ashanti Region, Joshua Mensah, has revealed.
Speaking to press men in the Ashanti Regional capital, Mensah indicated that it had become necessary to hire the stadium out for funerals and other social activities to enable them raise funds to maintain the fast-deteriorating facility.
“Let me be honest with you, no football match will be allowed at the Baba Yara stadium henceforth because we don’t make enough money from the matches to maintain the facility and so henceforth the stadium will be given out on Saturdays for only funerals and other social activities,” he said.
Mensah also revealed that his decision has backing from the Director General of the NSA, Robert Sarfo Mensah.
“Even my National director is happy with the decision I have taken here. If we are not careful we will one day be met with news of the closure of the Stadium for the lack of proper maintenance”.
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium was renovated for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 which was hosted in Ghana. But years of neglect has now left the facility on the verge of collapse.
When Citi News’ Hafiz Tijani visited the facility, he reported that sections of the stadium have now turned into a dump site with broken seats and stained bathrooms combining to give the stadium a generally repulsive smell.