Former Hearts of Oak Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe has spoken on the recent calls for Ghana’s top clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak taking the step of owning their stadiums.
Several football advocates have suggested the two most glamorous clubs in the country Hearts and Kotoko be made managers of the Accra Sports Stadium and Baba Yara Sports Stadium respectively because they use it as their home grounds.
Armstrong openly raised question marks on the widely popular proposition.
“Giving Accra Sports Stadium and Baba Yara to Hearts and Kotoko will be good but the question is, can they sustain and maintain the facilities? Do they have the capacity to manage it ?" he asked on Happy FM’s Anopa Bosuo Sports.
Armstrong chose the view of getting private bodies on board.
“We should rather get companies or individuals with the knowledge to manage these stadiums to get us profit because that was the initial plan when the stadiums were being constructed,"
The Accra Sports Stadium was recently renovated to host the 2018 African Women’s Championship. It was exactly ten years after it got a facelift in order to host the African Cup of Nations in 2008.
The Baba Yara Sports Stadium, on the other hand, has not been renovated for over ten years and looks a shadow of its former self due to improper maintenance.