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Daara slams Kotoko and Hearts for lack of infrastructure

14:17 BST 29/08/2017
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The football association's spokesman has reiterated the need for Kotoko and Hearts to invest in their own infrastructures

Ghana Football Association communication director Ibrahim Saanie Daara has taken a swipe at giants Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, insisting that they have failed to build their own stadiums and other infrastructure.

As part of Ghana’s hosting of the 2017 Wafu tournament next month, the football association has selected Nduom Sports Stadium, home ground of Ghana Premier League side Elmina one of the training facilities for participating teams, and Daara has praised the club's owner Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom for his investment in football.

"As [football] federation, we need to be working with Dr. Nduom. The things he has done in this town (Elmina), he can help football in diverse ways," Daara told Ahomka FM.

"Hearts and Kotoko are lacking behind and could've done better because, assuming if they were building one stand [for their supporters] every season as part of developing their own stadiums, they would've achieved something better in infrastructure for the past ten years than what they are doing currently to help football in this country," he said.

"Ghana would've been like [United States of] America, if we had infrastructures like this, bit by bit from Kotoko and Hearts over the years. We've realised Dr. Nduom will help us therefore, it's our prayers that he lives longer and has good health to continue," he added.

Apart from the Adako-Jachie and Pobimam training grounds for Kotoko and Hearts respectively, which are still under construction, the two glamorous clubs have adopted Baba Yara and Accra Sports Stadium as their home.

One of Dr. Nduom's companies, GN Bank, is the headline sponsors of the second-tier league.