Esi lauds siting of new stadium in Cape Coast

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 10:36
The construction of a stadium in Cape Coast is a brainchild of late President John Atta Mills The construction of a stadium in Cape Coast is a brainchild of late President John Atta Mills Photo: CapeCoast360gh.com

May 3 has finally been scheduled for the official opening and commissioning of the newly constructed 16, 400 capacity stadium complex.

The news of the completion of the stadium which has sent some joy and happiness into the minds of many especially the youth in the Central Region has also created some anxiety and suspense as most people can't wait to see for themselves be part of opening ceremony.

Granting an exclusive interview to TV3, Vera Oheneba Safoah popularly known as Esi, who is the reigning queen of Ghana's Most Beautiful, expressed excitement that the Region and Cape Coast that she hails from, is having from a facility like the stadium.

According to her, though Central Region is known as a tourism and educational hub, the Region has good name in the history of sports.

“It is a fact that sports began here in Cape Coast. Talking of soccer, cricket, hockey name them because of the European adoption and colonialism,” she revealed.

According to her, the acquisition of the new sporting facility will urge the children and the youth who have talent in any kind of sports to be discovered and will go a long way to help the national teams.

She said most of the kids in the basic and senior high schools have talents but due to inappropriate and lack of a proper sporting facility, they kill dreams and unfortunately end up in lifestyles that ruin heir education and future.

“It’s very sad that in our education system in this country, we give less attention to sports which is part of the whole education. You go round the schools, both private and public ones and we have no or poor sporting fields,” she lamented.

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Esi therefore used the opportunity to plead with the Ghana Education Service and the Regional Sports Authority to have some kind of activities amongst basic and senior high schools to unearth talents.

The youth empowerment and an anti -teenage pregnancy ambassador believes such moves would ward the kids in the Region off some social vices like teenage pregnancy since they would want to take care of themselves and keep fit.

"I was once a handball player back in Mfantsiman Girls Senior High School as a teenager and I believe with such a new facility more girls would want to train hard to go and play tournament at the new sports complex which has all of these facilities,” she added.

Esi also continued by saying the Central Region is known as one of the poorest regions in the country and some of the social canker like teenage pregnancy is linked to poverty.

Therefore, “if we can make sports attractive to these young ones especially the girls, it will help reduce the high incidence [of social vices]”.

She said her Pempamsie Foundation which is aimed at empowering the youth and curbing teenage pregnancy looks forward to get the cooperation of the Regional Coordinating Council, GES and the Regional Sports Authority to have some sports recreational activities at the new sports complex to benefit the youth.

The newly constructed Cape Coast Stadium, which has a football field, basketball court, volleyball court, a boxing ring among others is set to be commissioned by President John Dramani Mahama.

By Thomas Vincent Cann|TV3|Cape Coast|Ghana