Travelling fans who thronged the Tarkwa T&A Park to watch Medeama Sporting Club take on Accra Hearts of Oak in a week 2 game in the Ghana premier league are calling for the venue to be banned over safety concerns.
Football fans were charged Ghc 10.00 to watch the Hearts of Oak encounter but were left more tired than the players after the 90 minutes because the stadium lacks seats. This means fans were left tiptoeing on the sloppy and mountainous area with fears a little mistake could lead to a fatal trip over the edge and right into the galley.
The Tarkwa T&A Park has not been approved by CAF to host Confederations Cup matches even though the Premier League Board’s inspection team approved the facility to host premier league matches.
Some fans, who spoke to Kumasi-based Ultimate FM after the game, are furious nothing is being done about the situation and want action to be taken immediately.
“As we stand here, if it starts to rain, everybody will have to go home before they can find shelter. You don’t have seats in the stadium and you’re collecting Ghc 10.00. Why?” An angry fan quizzed.
“If you pay Ghc 5.00 in Essipong or Baba Yara in Kumasi, you’ll have a seat to sit on. Look at your shoes and look at mine (how dirty they look), is it good for us? If Moses Armah (Medeama’s owner) wants us to continue to watch his team, he needs to do something about it otherwise I can’t travel from Takoradi to come and stand here for 90 minutes,” he concluded.
Another female fan, who had travelled from Sekondi to Tarkwa to watch the game wasn’t impressed about the difficulties she had to go through in order to watch the game.
“So far as I’ve paid Ghc 10.00 cedis to come here, I should have a place to sit comfortably. Now the only choice I have is to either stand or sit on the floor. This is very bad. I can’t believe that this venue got approval to host premier league matches. They (authorities) need to ban this place and let them play their matches at Essipong like they do in the CAF Confederations Cup,” she stated.
Medeama lost 0-2 to Hearts of Oak to leave them winless after two games. They will next play Kumasi Asante Kotoko this weekend at the Baba Yara Sports stadium.