Asamoah Gyan’s funded astroturf on the Accra Academy School campus was commissioned on 18th July, 2017 by the Sports Minister Hon. Isaac Asiamah on behalf of President Nana akufo Addo with support from former President of the Republic of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings.
The Minister said Asamoah Gyan should be celebrated and Ghanaians must cultivate the high sense of volunteerism and patriotism.
He also charged the school authorities to maintain the facility to be in the same shape, even in five years’ time.
The school also conferred its Highest Honour “Order of the Platinum” on Dr. Nana Captain Asamoah Mensah Gyan, “Bleoobi 2002” for his achievements.
The 31-year-old Black Stars skipper and striker cut sod in late 2015 to begin the ultra-modern astroturf during a ceremony which was graced by old students of Accra Academy and the public in general.
The multipurpose facility was estimated to cost GH¢ 700,000.00.
The artificial pitch arrived from Turkey on January 30, 2016 for the historic project of the school, where a bronze statue of the Captain would be mounted for his kind gesture.
The project include a turf, with a tartan track surrounding it and dressing rooms, a fence wall, toilet facilities and Flood lights will all be put in place.
The next phase would be a multipurpose sports hall.
The pitch was constructed by a Ghanaian private owned firm Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited with its FIFA approved turf partner ‘HATKO’ of Turkey
The facility which is worth over $250,000 as cost will, however, be managed by Wembley Sports Complex in partnership with the management of the school as well as Gyan’s Foundation.
Present at the ceremony was the Turkish Ambassador to Ghana, Old Students, Current Students, Sports Journalists, Actors, Musicians and a considerable number of the general public.
In a ceremonial match to open the field former Black Stars players (PFAG) drew 1-1 with friends of Asamoah Gyan (G Unit) in the first ever match at the Asamoah Gyan Sports Centre on the Accra Academy campus.
The Ex-Ghana internationals were held to a one all draw by Asamoah Gyan XI in the first ever game with Godwin Attram making history by scoring the maiden goal at the Asamoah Gyan Sports Centre. It was a free kick outside the 18-yard box which was perfectly struck in by the former Olympics attacker in the first half of the game.
However, heading towards the closing minutes of the game substitute for the Asamoah Gyan select side, Dr. Harry drew level for his outfit.
Before kickoff, former President Jerry John Rawlings and Sports Minister Hon Isaac Asiamah inspected the teams and the former Head of State did the ceremonial Kick Off.
Some of the notable names who featured for former Black Stars were Nii Odartey Lamptey, Stephen Baidoo, Afo Doddo, Yaw Acheampong, Ibrahim Tanko, Abukari Damba, Laryea Kingston,Osei Boateng and others.
By Sammy Heywood Okine.