The Member of Parliament for Tarkwa-Nsuem who doubles as Deputy Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, George Mireku-Duker has appealed to the authorities of Ghana Football Association (GFA) to schedule some of the Black Stars and international matches to Tarkwa.
This, according to him will boost the local economy, hospitality industry, create jobs and reaping value addition of incomes, saying sports bring development to society.
Addressing the gathering at the commissioning of new Astroturf Park at Cynaide, Mr. Mireku-Duker, said the reconstruction works of the Tarkwa and Aboso T&A Park is speedily progressing and would be ready by March 2023 to provide quality football in the municipality and the nation at large.
“We’ve pledged to serve Wassaman, and, I say this to glorify God that, we’ve not been disgraced nor be disappointed. Indeed, it’s by His grace. I need your supports so that we improve and uplift Wassaman,” Mr. Mireku-Duker opined.
“We will continue to strive work towards the forward movement of the dream for soccer in the municipality, yes God has blessed Apinto Division,” he stressed.
The Astroturf which has the modern pitch with ancillary facilities was initiated by the MP and funded by the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), was began in June 2020. It aims at increasing sports inclusion among the youth in the municipality.
It is also targeted to use sports to unearth talents for the future stars for national and international diadem.
The former deputy Captain of the Ghana Black Stars, John Paintsil, in an interview, acknowledged the efforts of the MP, adding that the Astroturf is a phase three pitch, fitted for all sporting activities.
He stressed that it is similar to grass pitch, saying, it will boost sports among the youth in the Tarkwa-Nsuem municipality and the Western Region.
Mr. Paintsil pledged that his soccer academy would collaborate with the MP to tap talents, train and groom them for future opportunities.
According to him, the opportunity will produce more Stephen Appiahs, Asamoah Gyans, John Paintsils among others for Ghana.
He urged the people to become united and give the MP their support, adding that it is everybody’s business to help create a good environment for sporting activities in the area.