The CAO which is a prerequisite for accessing the FIFA Forward project funds was signed by the GFA, in February 2020. With FIFA, vetting, accepting and signing off the Contract of Agreed Objectives with the GFA, the way is cleared for the federation to proceed to the next stage of the process to finalise the GFA’s projects under the FIFA Forward 1.0 and FIFA Forward 2.0.
The GFA is looking to invest $280,000 of the FIFA Forward 1.0 programme into competitions via the provision of mechanized boreholes at game centres across the country to develop Ghana Premier League (GPL), Division One League, Women’s Premier League and Game centres of Regional Football Associations.
This was announced by GFA President Kurt Okraku during a working visit to the Tamale Stadium Annex and the Tamale Kaladan Park on Thursday, 6th August 2020.
Kurt also inspected a 6.5-acre land secured by the federation at Wintogo, Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region for the construction of an astroturf pitch, as the GFA looks to use part of the funds from the FIFA Forward 1.0 programme to construct 2 astroturfs (one at Prampram and the other at Bolgatanga).
The signed Contract of Agreed Objectives between the GFA and FIFA has four broad agreed objective areas;
– Improvement in infrastructure (To build and upgrade football pitches including the GFA Technical Centre, Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram.
– Improvement in I.T. Systems
– Improvement in competitions
– Capacity building
Also approved by FIFA is the accompanying Strategic Framework document which gives the fine details under the Agreed contract Objectives.
Key areas include Women’s football and protection of the girl child which is a FIFA requirement.
Other areas include grassroots football development and an improved Juvenile (Colts) football and lower division football at the Regional and district level.
The staff of the federation, coaches, Referees, Match Commissioners and Club Administrators will also build and improve their skillset and capacity.
The I.T. systems of the GFA head office in Accra, the Regional Football Associations, Clubs offices, and the GFA Technical Centre at Prampram will all see new equipment.
Again, under the improved competition pillar, the investment will be made to improve the quality of play through the provision of footballs, upgrading of coaching, officiating, etc.
The GFA will continue its work on these projects with our FIFA development office in Dakar, Senegal.
“The GFA is pleased to have received the fully signed contract of Agreed Objectives from FIFA. It is a huge milestone in the process to attain the full benefits of FIFA Forward 1.0 and 2.0 programmes,” said General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo (Esq.)