The grounds personnel of Premier League side Liberty Professionals have been dispatched to the Accra Sports Stadium to work on the pitch to avert a potential training boycott by the Black Stars.
Members of the team led by their captain Asamoah Gyan and the head coach Avram Grant arrived at the stadium on Monday afternoon to meet an overgrown pitch due to an ongoing strike by staff of Green Grass Technology over unpaid salaries going back to 2012.
A visibly upset Gyan told the press the team would advise itself if nothing was done about the pitch for training on Tuesday afternoon.
“We will meet the technical team and advise ourselves about finding a new location to train”.
This seems to have gingered the management committee of the team led by George Afriyie to find an alternative solution to the situation hence the emergency call to Liberty Professionals.
Green Grass Technology, the company contracted with taking care of the grass at the stadium in Accra stopped working on the pitch as workers have not been paid since 2012 by the Sports Ministry.
The utterly horrendous state of the football pitch caused the Black Stars players to limit their space for training to a small section of the park on Monday.
“Yes it is true the workers are on strike. They took the stand several days ago. Their reason is that we owe them from 2012 to date so they will no longer work,” Frank Boahen of Green Grass Technology explained on Citi FM in relation to the current state of the football pitch.
He added: “The Green Grass Technology workers have invoices sitting there that haven’t been paid so the workers have taken stand not just at the Accra Sports Stadium but all the other stadia.”
sports5050 understands the mower of the team [Liberty Professionals] was transported to the stadium at 4am on Tuesday morning to start work on the pitch to bring it to a reasonable level for training to proceed ahead of the away trip to Comoros on Friday in a World Cup qualifying game.