Ghana eyes 2038 World Cup bid with new stadium planned

Ghana is considering an ambitious bid to stage the 2038 Fifa World Cup as a core element of its 40-year national development plan.

The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in the country revealed the bid is dependent on Ghana fulfilling other financial and infrastructure targets set in the draft NDPC plan that was handed over to the government last month.

Director general of the NDPC, Nii Moi Thompson, said that Ghana has ambitious plans to host huge international events such as the World Cup and the Olympic Games.

Under the 40-year development plan, a new, technologically savvy venue called the Black Star Stadium is being proposed. The venue would include a roof made up of solar panels and connections to road and rail networks.

Ghana would become the second African nation to host the Fifa World Cup, after South Africa successfully staged the 2010 edition of the event.

According to CitiFMOnline, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo said: “(The 40-year plan) presents my government and subsequent governments with a daunting task, not so much the implementation, but to stay on track and ensure we have the desired outcome. We must be able to monitor our progress, and redirect our paths when we seem to be deviating from them. We must, therefore, make rapid progress, and do things to ensure that we achieve it.”

He added: “We must not and cannot fail in taking up this journey. We need to seek out those who are not yet convinced and bring them on board; and we need to have people to champion the different aspects of the plan, in particular the key milestones. We must figure out how we sustain the interest of key constituents, especially the youth, who will be at the helm of affairs in the not too distant future.”

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