40-year plan – Ghana will bid for 2058 World Cup

Ghana government has disclosed a 40-year development plan to uplift the country’s sporting infrastructure to enable a bid to host the 2058 Fifa World Cup.

The Director of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Thompson Nii Moi says the programme will begin in 2018.

“We have factored the World Cup into the National Development Plan because we cannot leave sports out especially in this modern era”, Dr Moi was quoted as saying byGazzettaGhana.

“As I stated in Parliament, we’ve incorporated the hosting of the World Cup into our National Infrastructure Plan [still under development]. We already have the World Cup dates from 2018, when the LT Plan starts, to 2058, one year after it ends.

“We’re considering proposing Ghana hosting the World Cup midway, during which infrastructure development including a national rail network and a complete resolution of our energy problems would have been substantially completed.”

“We will hold a public briefing and explain that into detail, how we plan to go about that and all the steps in it, not only for the World Cup and sports alone but across board,” he added.

South Africa became the first and only African country to host the World Cup in 2010 after losing 2006 bid to Germany. Russia and Qatar are billed to host 2018 and 2022 World Cup with 2026 host yet to be determined.