Asamoah Gyan’s AstroTurf at the Accra Academy was commissioned on Tuesday, 18th July, 2017, by former President of the Republic of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings.
As a way of giving back to the society, Black Star’s captain Asamoah Gyan constructed a world class artificial pitch at his Alma mater, Accra Academy.
Former President Rawlings alongside Minister of Youth and Sports, Isaac Kwame Asiamah, commissioned the completed project on behalf of the incumbent President of The Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, who was occupied with some other presidential duties.
At the ceremony, Accra Academy presented Gyan with a citation as well as the highest award of the school, The Order of Platinum.
The occasion was attended by a mammoth crowd comprising Accra Academy old and current students, prominent political and sports personalities in the country, football fans and well wishers.
Below are some photos from the event:
Asamoah Gyan’s AstroTurf
The first phase of the Gyan funded AstroTurf named Asamoah Gyan Sports Centre is made up of a 3,000 metre fenced artificial turf which arrived from Turkey on January 30, 2016,an inner perimeter, and flood lights. It will also have a tartan track, a sports hall, changing room and toilet facilities, upon completion.
In addition, Asamoah Gyan is expected to distribute football boots to the school for players to use on the pitch.
The multi-purposed sports pitch which was constructed by a Ghanaian private owned firm Wembley Sports Construction Company Limited with its FIFA approved turf partner ‘HATKO’ of Turkey, reportedly stands at an estimated cost of $180, 000.
The facility will be managed by Wembley Sports Complex, in partnership with the management of the Accra Academy and Asamoah Gyan’s BabyJet Foundation.
Construction of Gyan’s AstroTurf
The construction of Asamoah Gyan’s AstroTurf was started in March, 2015. The Black Stars Skipper cut sod for the project in February of same year, when he paid a visit to the school, after returning from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.
Gyan who expressed appreciation for the warm reception he received then, promised to construct a standard artificial pitch 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.”
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 Black Stars skipper on Thursday, 15th June, 2017, visited the school to inspect the progress of the ongoing construction. Speaking to the media, Gyan expressed happiness over the project, indicating that the work is almost done.
“As you can see, everything is almost done, we have just some finishing touches to do before we do the commissioning. I think they have done an incredible job… So I’m very happy for myself for what I have done.”
Asamoah Gyan finished from Accra Academy School in 2002. It was during his days in the school that his football skills were harnessed by veteran coach of Ebusua Dwarfs, J.E Sarpong.
Since then, Gyan has recorded tremendous success in his football career. In addition to being Ghana’s all-time top scorer, he is currently Africa’s highest World Cup scorer. Just few days ago, the Black Stars Captain became the first Ghanaian player to hit the much treasured landmark 50-goal record for the Ghana National Team.
The popular striker also received an honorary doctorate degree from The Alfred Noble University in Ukraine on 8th July, 2017.
It is in the spirit these outstanding successes that Asamoah Gyan constructed the classy sports pitch for his Alma mater, hoping that future football stars would be discovered therein, just the same way he was discovered.