EXCLUSIVE: Ghana Plans to Host FIFA World Cup Before 2058
Ghana could be the second African country to host the FIFA world cup after South Africa, as the country’s government has embarked on an ambitious 40-year development plan that has incorporated the hosting of the FIFA mundial into the national infrastructure plan.
Ghana President, John Dramani Mahama, has underscored the importance of long-term development plans to the socio-economic prosperity of nations, and has initiated the process towards the preparation of a 40-year National Development Plan for Ghana (between 2018-2057).
Many have decried the nation’s successive government’s neglect of a long term grand scheme for sport development but the Executive Director of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), Dr Nii Moi Thompson, has thrown light on how Ghana plans to host the FIFA World Cup midaway into the plan.
“We have factored that into the National Development Plan because we cannot leave sports out especially in this day and age”, Dr Nii Moi Thompson told GazzettaGhana.com
“We will hold a public briefing and explain that into detail, how we plan to go about that and all the steps in it, not only for the world cup and sports alone but across board”, He added.
“As I stated in Parliament, we’ve incorporated the hosting of the world Cup into our National Infrastructure Plan (still under development) (the problem is that often due to time limitations, you can’t present everything in detail.)” Dr Nii Amoi had revealed to Member of Parliament for Asante Akyim and member of the parliamentary select committee on sports, Kwadwo Baah Agyeman.
“We already have the World Cup dates from 2018, when the LT Plan starts, to 2058, one year after it ends”,
“We’re considering proposing Ghana hosting the World Cup midway, during which infrastructure development (including a national rail network and a complete resolution of our energy problems) would have been substantially completed”
Note too that under “civic infrastructure”, all districts will be required to provide common sporting facilities – beyond soccer pitches – to encourage broad based soccer development. As I said in my presentation, providing swimming pools at secondary schools (perhaps through a cluster system where a group of schools in a catchment area share common facilities) is not beyond the realm of reason. We must aspire to it”, .
Earlier this year, The Chief Operating Officer of the Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Mr. Magnus Rex Danquah indicated that Ghana can be the second African country to host the FIFA world cup in 2030 after South Africa hosted it in 2010.
South Africa planned to spend 205-238 million USD on stadiums and stadium upgrades for the 2010 World Cup (4 times less than Germany in 2006). However, after costs rose significantly, South Africa actually spent several billion USD on hosting.
Ghana must be prepared to improve and upgrade its infrastructure to handle the over 400,000 visitors expected to flood into the country for the month-long event as well as criticall improve the public transportation infrastructure in the country, including upgrading and constructing highway systems, rail links, and airports and train stations to accommodate the influx of traffic. And this requires several BILLIONS of US Dollars in preparing the country for the Cup. In addition to constructing of not less than 6 new soccer stadiums and refurbishing the older others, dramatic improvements needs to be made.
Russua and Qatar will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this news report do not necessarily reflect the position of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC)