The National Sports Authority (NSA) has said that the Ghana Football Association had prior knowledge of the use of the Accra Sports Stadium by the International Central Gospel Church.
The church had rented the grounds for a program on Sunday 2nd March meaning the scheduled African Women’s Championship qualifier at the Stadium on the same date was under serious threat.
The Ghana Football Association has expressed its displeasure at the development but the NSA has maintained that the GFA was aware of the Stadium’s unavailability on the said date and the development was not deliberate.
“A lot has been said about the issue, but it is important for everybody to know what the truth is.
We wrote a letter to the GFA on the 16th of January, 2014 informing them of the booking of the stadium on the 2nd and the 8th of March, 2014″, said the Public Relations Officer of the NSA, Hamid Issaka.
He revealed the GFA replied to his outfit in a letter on the 28th of January and stated that the 8th of March, 2014 was the set date for the First capital Plus Premier League match between Hearts of Oak and Amidaus Professionals meaning that the NSA could use the venue as they saw fit since the 2nd March was available.
” Once the 2nd March was free, we gave the grounds out to the ICGC because they had made inquiries about the venue and were even looking at using the Stadium on the 8th of March but the GFA reminded us of the league match on the date.
The church then settled on the 2nd of March and we we agreed once there were no other engagements.
Hamid told Citi Sports a meeting would be held between the GFA and the NSA to find a solution, though he admitted hearing rumours of a decision to play the Black Queens on the 1st of March 2014.
He, however, could not confirm when and where the match would eventually be played.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana