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World Cup: CAF Rejects Ghana’s Request To Use Baba Yara Stadium Against Nigeria

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down Ghana’s request to play their 2022 World Cup qualifier playoff at the Baba Yara Stadium.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) was informed by the National Sports Authority last month to consider playing the game away from the Cape Coast due to the upcoming Independence Day celebration on March 6.

The Baba Yara Stadium was considered for the first leg of the playoff, which takes place next month. But CAF has rejected Ghana’s request to play in Kumasi.

Below is a full statement from CAF:

“The Fifa World Cup 2022 preliminary competition regulations in its article 21 venues, kick-off times and training sessions stipulates that “The venues of matches shall be set by the host association and/or by the confederation, as applicable, and the matches may only be played in stadiums that have been inspected and approved by the confederation concerned. The opponents and the Fifa general secretariat shall be notified by the host association and/or by the confederation, as applicable, at least three months before the match in question is due to be played.”

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“24th of December 2021 was the deadline set by Caf for the participating national associations to select and communicate to Caf their preferred venue for the playoff round of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers. “On the 23rd of December 2021, GFA informed Caf that Cape Coast Stadium was the venue selected for the playoff round of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers.

“Based on the venue selection received from each of the participating national association, Caf has timely concluded the assessment of the selected stadium(s) and communicated to Fifa the venue decisions for the upcoming Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff round.

“Considering that matchday is in less than 30 days, Caf is not in a position to delay any further the confirmation of the match venue. As you are aware, the selection of the venue, respective date, and time of the match, has to be set well in advance having a direct impact on the preparation of match logistics and operations by all the concerned parties.

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“Besides, please note that Kumasi Sports Stadium is currently non-homologated by Caf to host international matches, since it has been under renovations and no Caf inspection was conducted to the stadium to re-assess the level of stadium compliance. “Considering the above, the request of change of venue is not accepted, hence the match Ghana Vs. Nigeria for the playoff round of the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers should be maintained at Cape Coast Stadium.

“In case your association reiterate the position to change the venue since there is no other approved venue in Ghana, your national team will be requested to play its upcoming Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff round match in an approved stadium outside its territory, and the venue must be selected from among the stadiums approved by CAF.”

The return fixture against the Super Eagles is scheduled to take place in Nigeria.

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Will Callum Hudson-Odoi Play For Ghana In the World Cup?

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Information reaching GhArticles.com from GOAL.com can reveals that Callum Hudson-Odoi is contemplating switching from England to Ghana.

On March 29, Ghana defeated Nigeria in two legs to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 21-year-old hasn’t played for Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions in almost two years, and he’s rejected down recent Under-21 call-ups.

Despite winning three caps for England, Hudson-Odoi is still free to switch nationalities.

This follows a FIFA rule change in September 2020 that allowed players with three or less caps to move once they turned 21.

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The dual nationality of Hudson-Odoi comes from his father Bismark, who played football for Hearts of Oak in Ghana.

Hudson-Odoi has been to Ghana on vacation recently, in January 2022 and last summer.

When asked whether he was considering switching, he answered, “We will wait till that moment comes.”

Hudson-Odoi has reportedly met with President Nana Akufo-Addo and the Ghana Football Association.

 

 

 

 

 

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President Arrives Late For Presidential Cup Match

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The kick-off of the President’s Cup game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium was delayed due to the late arrival of the president, Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo.

The players had already been sent onto the field and had exchanged pleasantries amongst themselves and were ready for the referee to whistle for the commencement of the encounter before the convoy of the president arrived at the match centre.

The game, which was initially expected to get underway at exactly 18:00 GMT was made to wait for an additional 30 minutes as the match officials and players waited for the president to perform the usual ceremonial kick.

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Despite calls to use their fringe players for the game, both Samuel Boadu and Prosper Ogum Narteh named strong starting line-ups for the game.

Hearts and Kotoko both made one change to the team that faced each other two weeks ago in the Ghana Premier League, with Isaac Mensah replacing Gladson Awako in the Hearts set-up while Justice Blay came in for Dickson Afoakwa in the Kotoko line-up.

The President’s Cup is an annual ceremonial game organized by the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA) to be played in honour of the president of the country.

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The Porcupine Warriors won the last edition at the Accra Sports Stadium, beating the Phobians with a 2-1 scoreline.

 

 

 

 

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Only Vaccinated Supporters Permitted To Watch Ghana Vs Nigeria Game – Sports Ministry

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This, the Ministry said, is part of safety protocols put in place by the government to ensure that the spread of COVID-19 is curbed.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Ministry further noted that the ‘no vaccination, no entry’ policy will also apply to all domestic football competitions, including the Ghana Premier League.

The Black Stars will host the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast Stadium before travelling to the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja for the return fixture.

The first leg is scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022, while the second leg will take place on Tuesday, March 29, 2022.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports wishes to inform the General Public particularly the football fans who wish to enjoy their favourite games at the various league centres including the game between the Ghana Black Stars and their Nigerian Counterparts at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on the 25th March, 2022 to ensure strict adherence to ALL Covid-19 Safety Protocols put in place by the Government.

To this end, the Ministry of Youth and Sports has directed the managers of the stadia (National Sports Authority) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to admit ONLY fans who are fully vaccinated into the stadia at various centres on match days.

Further, the Ghana Health Service will mount vaccination centres at Kumasi, Cape Coast, Takoradi and Tamale stadia, one week before the Ghana- Nigeria derby.

With these measures put in place, it is expected that the facilities managers can admit as many fans as the facilities can contain provided that such fears have been fully vaccinated with the requisite vaccination card.

Furthermore, the wearing of Face Masks, the use of Hand Sanitizers and Social Distancing will also be strictly enforced. We count on the cooperation of all Stakeholders, the family of the sport (football) and the General Public to ensure strict compliance.

 

 

 

 

 

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