Youth and Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye, has vowed to deal drastically with any person in authority whose actions and inaction cause destruction to the newly constructed Cape Coast Stadium.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony of the 15,000-capacity stadium Friday April 22, Mr Vanderpuye said he would play a supervisory role to make sure the stadium was not left in ruins like the Accra and Essipong Sports stadia.
Both stadia are rusting and have cracks on their walls and sitting areas due to poor maintenance.
“This stadium, I am saying, and I want to repeat on behalf of the Ministry, will not be allowed to go the way of the Accra Sports Stadium and the Essipong Sports Stadium. We shall not allow it to go that way. As such, in handing over to the National Sports Authority, after the signing ceremony, I want to assure them that my whip will always be in hand to make sure [the right thing] is done in order to maintain the integrity of the Cape Coast Stadium,” he stated.
“I will not hesitate to take the most stringent of measures to deter anybody, who, willfully, through omission or commission, brings the reputation and integrity of the Cape Coast Stadium into question.”
The Cape Coast Stadium will officially be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 3.
The multi-purpose stadium has some modern sports facilities including volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts.
As part of activities to inaugurate it, there will be a friendly encounter between Ghana’s U-20 team and the national U-19 side of China.
Local clubs Vipers and Ebusua Dwarfs will meet, while Mfantsipim Senior High School face rivals Adisadel College.