Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi was in Nsoatre, a town near Brong Ahafo capital Sunyani on Thursday to inspect a land offered by the locality’s chiefs for the construction of an astro-turf by StarTimes.
The Chinese television company signed a 10-year contract with Ghana FA this year as television right owners of the Ghana Premier League, FA Cup and Women's League worth $17,950,000, replacing South African group of television channels Supersport.
As part of the deal, StarTimes are expected to build ten artificial pitches, one in each of the ten regions in Ghana, as well as providing the football association two fully equipped modern OB (outside broadcast) van.
"The Executive committee asked each Regional FA to look for land for this project. The RFA/BA presented the land in Nsoatre," Nyantakyi told Journalists on Football Room Talk platform.
"I was originally scheduled to visit Nsoatre on Saturday [but] since I couldn't divide myself into two equal parts, I sought leave of the king of Nsoatre to reschedule the visit to Thursday which he kindly obliged me.
"I met a wide range of people some with recorders, still and video cameras [to cover the event]. I promised the king that the entire exco members will be in Nsoatre during the sod cutting ceremony," Nyantakyi added.
GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has arrived in Nsoatre, near Sunyani to inspect a land dedicated for the building of an astroturf by STARTIMES pic.twitter.com/wnkwlAaLmo — Evans Gyamera-Antwi (@ashesgyamera) August 31, 2017
Journalists organised a program to have a briefing with Nyantakyi after his inspections, but the Fifa council member wasn't present at the occasion and has explained that he wasn't aware of such plans.
"I didn't know the media expected to meet me again in Sunyani. After the event, including a visit to the land I left to Kumasi [for the World Cup qualifiers against Congo].
"If I knew I had to address the media in Sunyani, I would've made a stopover.
I honestly didn't know about any additional media briefing," he said.
Goal understands the project will be starting in November and to be completed in six months.