‘Black Stars coach official residence turned GFA Technical Hub’
The 5-bedroom house is now an office facility for all national team coaches
The housing facility earmarked as the official residence for Black Stars head coach is no longer in use for the original purpose for which it was given out by the Government of Ghana three years ago.
In February 2018, erstwhile Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah officially handed over the five-bedroom accommodation to former Ghana boss Kwasi Appiah.
The Airport Residential Area house – acquired through the Ministry of Works and Housing – was renovated at a cost of GH¢300,000. It was said to be going to serve as the official residence for subsequent head coaches of the Ghana senior national team.
When Appiah, the first occupant left the Black Stars job at the end of his contract, it was expected that his former assistant CK Akonnor who succeeded him in January last year would be allowed to move into the facility.
That did not happen, leaving many to question and speculate about the lull.
Now the GFA has explained that they have turned what was to be a residence for the Ghana senior national team head coach into an office hub for all national team coaches.
Speaking at a GFA/Media Capacity Building Programme in Kumasi Thursday, General-Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo stated:
“We have a technical hub. so for the journalists who keep asking what we are using with the house given to the national team coach at Airport, we’ve turned it into a Technical Hub. That is where the coaches go daily to plan their activities to work.
“So let me correct the erroneous impression again, the Technical Director [Bernhard Lippert] doesn’t live there; he doesn’t stay there.
“It [the permanent residence for Black Stars head coach] is [now] an office for all the national team coaches that we have. They go there plan their activities and exchange ideas. So it’s a Technical Hub.”
The GFA Scribe, however, did not touch on the new housing arrangement for the current Black Stars boss.
Months before the former Sports Minister handed over the facility in 2018, he indicated that the move was going to save the country thousands of dollars in hotel bills. The Ministry was spending $8,000 every month to cater for accommodation for Black Stars coaches.
“We have just acquired a house to accommodate the black Stars coach. Can you believe that we used to spend $8,000 every month on accommodation for the Black Stars coach?
“Now with this house, we can save that money for other things,” he stated at a Forum for the establishment of the National Sports Fund.