Workers on national stadium pitches go on strike

The Chief Executive Officer of Green Grass Techology (Managers of the national stadium pitches), Frank Boahen has revealed that the Accra Stadium pitch has been left in a bushy state due to a recent strike action by his staff over unpaid salaries.

The Black Stars players and Coach Avram Grant complained bitterly about the state of the pitch following the team’s first training session at the 40,000 seater stadium on Monday ahead their World Cup qualifier against Comoros.

Asamoah Gyan threatened that the players will not return to the Accra Sports Stadium to continue training on Tuesday and the GFA have confirmed they are looking for alternative training ground for the team.

The Green Grass Technology says it is not their fault that the stadium is in a bad state. They’ve been unable to pay their staff because government has failed to pay them any pitch maintenance fees since 2012.

“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 told Citi FM.

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.”

Frank Boahen says he is making all efforts to ensure the issue is resolved.

“I have been trying the whole day to speak to the Sports Minister (Dr. Mustapha Ahmed), I spoke to the director general of the national sports authority, I have spoken to Maxwell Konadu, the assistant Black Stars coach. In fact I have spoken to all the people who matter for us to try and solve this issue but as at now the problem hasn’t been revolved.

“Since I came to Ghana I have never seen any of the stadia in this state. Is very unfortunate.”

The Black Stars will play Comoros on Friday November 13 before hosting the return encounter at the Accra Sports Stadium on 17th.