The Minister of Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga paid a day?s working visit to AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine on Monday, February 16, 2015 where he commended the company for playing a key role in the development of sports in the country.
The visit was meant to deepen the public-private sector partnership to facilitate sustainable growth and development in the sports sector.
He described as centers of excellence, the FIFA standard Len Clay Sports Stadium and the Soccer Academy as well as the Premier League Club, AshGold Soccer Club, commending the company for making such major investments over the years.
He reiterated the point that government alone could not carry out all the sports projects in the country and called on the private sector to continue to support sports infrastructure and other aspects requiring huge capital expenditure so the country can take advantage of the opportunities that abound in world sports.
?We have the young men and women throughout the country that we can train in competitive football, athletics, hockey, tennis and other areas but the lack of infrastructure means that we cannot train them properly hence we are not in position to take advantage of the multibillion dollar global sports industry? he stated. .
The Managing Director of AngloGold Ashanti?s Obuasi Mine, Mr Fred Attakumah, said that the company has been at the forefront of infrastructure development for the country?s sports sector over the years.
?AshGold Soccer Club, originally established to entertain and provide recreation for the company?s employees and communities, has now become a major force to reckon with in Ghana football and often has a good number of its players, or ex-players, featuring prominently in the national squad?, he said.
He added that as part of its contribution to other sports, the company has invested in squash courts, a cricket oval, tennis courts, three swimming pools and a golf course which are open to employees and the general public, especially school children in the municipality and beyond.
Mr. Attakumah further stated that the company, given the national reach of its social investment activities, paid $2million for the construction of 20 multisport facilities across the 10 regions of Ghana to help in sports development, especially in deprived and disadvantaged parts of the country.
The Managing Director commended the Minister for the visit and indicated that the company was working towards a sustainable solution for the AshGold Soccer Club, and other sporting assets, as the Obuasi mine undergoes its major transformation project.
Mr Kudjoe Fianoo, Chief Executive of AshGold said their facilities have been used for both local and international tournaments, including the CAN 2008 and reminded the Minister that the facility could play a key role when Ghana hosts the 2017 AFCON.