The Director General of the National Sports Authority Professor Peter Twumasi has disclosed that government plans to build a stadium to immortalize the eight juvenile players who died in an accident last year.
The juvenile players aged between 12-15 years were headed to Offinso having undergone their District Colts football registration exercise at Afrancho when the vehicle they were traveling on, submerged in the Offin River.
The NSA Chief said government took care of the expenses of the injured and the bereaved families since the accident and paid GH¢ 100,000.00 to cover burial, funeral and construction of tombstones costs.
He said, the state also absorbed all hospital bills and facilitated cash amount of GH¢ 20,000.00 to the families as well as a life insurance cover for the children from GLICO Insurance Company.
“As we commemorate their departure by unveiling tombstones as well as disbursing funds to care for the survivors, government reiterates its efforts and that of all actors in the sports industry including the Ghana Football Association and the Ghana Olympic Committee to make organization of sports safe in the country.
“Government while promising to support this good cause, also encourages individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund for sustained care for our surviving footballers,” Prof. Twumasi said.