The Public Relations Officer for Accra Hearts of Oak, Opare Addo has told The Finder that his club are yet to decide which venue they will use as their home ground for the upcoming 2017/18 league season, which kicks off in two weeks.
As reported by our sports paper, Finder Sports, following the closure of the Accra Sports Stadium, Accra Hearts of Oak will have to find a new venue before the season starts.
Information gathered by The Finder indicates that Hearts of Oak wrote a letter to the National Sports Authority (NSA) last year to halt the closure of the stadium until the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season ends.
The Accra Sports Stadium has been closed down and our sources at the Sports Ministry indicate that the stadium has been closed down due to safety reasons and will not be opened until renovation works have been completed.
In an interview with Opare Addo on the issue, he said "before we decide on where we will play our Premier League match, we must take into consideration our supporters.
“We don’t have to burden so much that they have to travel long distance to pay money to watch our matches, and we need to get some place close by where they can go and watch our matches.
“Secondly, we have to look at the cost we are going to incur at the place and, thirdly, we have to look at the pitch and these are issues we are going through and we will arrive at the decision very soon”.
The Finder’s checks at the various stadia in Accra indicate that the El-Wak Sports Stadium, which is one of the options for Accra Hearts of Oak, is in a bad shape and the pitch is not good for association football, which has resulted in Inter Allies abandoning the pitch.
The University of Ghana Sports Stadium and the astro-turf at the Tema Sports Stadium are the only alternative options for Hearts of Oak should they want to play their home matches in Accra.