As a way of giving back to his alma mater, Black Star’s captain Asamoah Gyan constructs a world class artificial pitch at the Accra Academy.
The multi-purpose AstroTurf which is expected to reach completion before the end of this month was stated in March, 2015. The pitch reportedly stands at an estimated cost of $180, 000.
The multi-purposed Astro Turf when completed will comprise a 3,000 metre artificial turf which has been imported from Turkey, a tartan track, a changing room, an inner perimeter, and flood light.
This facility will be fenced to prevent unauthorized usage.
In addition, Asamoah Gyan is expected to distribute football boots to the school for players to use on the pitch upon completion.
Asamoah Gyan announced his intention to construct the pitch early last year. He precisely cut sod for the massive project in February, 2015 when he paid a visit to the school after returning from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. He visited the school last in 2006.
Gyan who expressed appreciation for the warm reception he received then, promised to construct an AstroTurf for them. Some of his words during the 2015 visit:
“We are one family and being an international star now the only thing I have to do is to give back to society so I decided to come to the school that made me what I am.
“I belong to the field and therefore I am going to organize and construct an astro turf – that is an artificial pitch – for the school so everyone can exhibit his skill.”
Asamoah Gyan completed Accra Academy School in 2002 where his football skills were harnessed by veteran coach of Ebusua Dwarfs, J.E Sarpong. He has recorded so much success in his football career that he became Africa’s World Cup highest goal scorer in 2014. It is in this spirit that Asamoah Gyan constructs the classy sports pitch for his alma mater, hoping that future football stars would be discovered therein, just the same way he was discovered.