His Excellency Nana AddoDankwaAkufo-Addo, the President, has heaped praises on the Member of Parliament (MP) forBantama Constituency, Francis AsensoBoakye, and Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited, after he commissioned an Astro turf facility at the BantamaCocoase Basic School, as part of his tour to the Ashanti Region.
The president who shared his delight opening the facility, said the efforts by the Works and Housing Minister was exemplary and urged others to take cue from him. He also gave Wembley Sports Chief Executive, Robert Coleman, a pat on the back and encouraged the Astro turf experts to continue the social impact project as he remained confident that many global icons would be unearthed with the provision of the ultra-modern facilities.
H.E AkuffoAddo was presented with an autographed Tottenham Hotspur Jersey by Robert Coleman and in reciprocating the gesture; autographed a football for Wembley Sports CEO.
The project, financed by the National Lottery Authority (NLA) and constructed by Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited comes with a full sized pitch, flood lights, changing rooms, offices and a 500 capacity spectator stand.
The Constituents were thrilled to an exciting football match between the Ex-Black Stars and Bantama Old Stars. The Black Stars team featured Stephen Appiah, Richard Kingston, John Paintsil, Godwin Attram, Sam Johnson, Laryea Kingston, Jerry AKaminko, Augustine Arhinful, Derek Boateng, PeterOforiQuaye among others, with the likes of James Kwasi Appiah, Ben Owu, Joseph Hendrich, Ernest Apau, Joe Okyere, Thomas Duah, Emmanuel Duah, Prince Polley, OpokuNti all featuring for Bantama Old Stars.
The Ex-Black Stars players from Accra beat their counterparts from Kumasi 4-3. Fans expressed delight at having the opportunity to see the great legends play together for the first time in so many years.
The facility at Cocoase is the first of three with the Banatama Constituency facilitated by the Member of Parliament Hon. Francis AsensoBoakye.