Accra Sports Stadium Faces Power Disconnection Again Over GH¢400,000 Debt

The Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) has disconnected power to the Accra Sports Stadium due to an outstanding debt of GH¢400,000 owed to the country’s power distributor. The disconnection occurred on Monday evening, precisely when workers were putting in efforts to prepare the facility for the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic football qualifier match between Zambia’s women’s national team and Ghana’s Black Queens, scheduled for this Friday.

This marks another instance where ECG has cut power to the stadium over unresolved financial obligations. In March 2022, the National Task Force of ECG took a similar action, disconnecting the power supply to the stadium due to a debt amounting to GH¢508,000.00.

This recurring issue is not exclusive to the Accra Sports Stadium. Other facilities managed by the National Sports Authority (NSA) have faced similar challenges.

In April 2023, the Northern Electricity Distribution Company (NEDCo) disconnected power to the Aliu Mahama Stadium in Tamale due to an outstanding debt of GH¢466,000. With the crucial Olympic qualifier slated for Friday, concerns arise about the readiness of the Accra Sports Stadium to host such significant events.

The stadium is not only the venue for all men’s football action at the 2023 African Games starting on March 8 but is also set to host two other events, namely sambo and wrestling.