The Black Stars of Ghana risk playing the first leg of the playoff of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Nigeria on a neutral venue.
This comes in after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) rejected the Ghana Football Association’s (GFA) request to use the Baba Yara Sports Stadium or the Accra Sports Stadium as home venue for the first leg of the World Cup playoff in March.
The request to use the Baba Yara Sports Stadium or Accra Sports Stadium came up after the National Sports Authority (NSA) wrote to GFA informing them that the Cape Coast Stadium which has been the Black Star’s home venue in the last 4 games will be unavailable for the crucial game scheduled for March because the ground will be used for Ghana’s 65th Independence celebrations.
NSA advised the FA to resort to either the Baba Yara Sports Stadium or Accra Sports Stadium. The Ghana FA then wrote to CAF requesting to use the Baba Yara Sports Stadium. However, the request was declined.￼
CAF in a statement released earlier this week stated that the Baba Yara Stadium was not among the venues submitted by the GFA for the playoff encounter, while Accra Sports Stadium is unavailable due to the current state of the stadium.
CAF ordered Ghana to get the Cape Coast Stadium ready for the World Cup qualifier or the Black Stars risk hosting Nigeria on a neutral ground.
“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,” CAF said in a letter sent to the FA.
The first leg of the playoff will be played on Thursday, March 24 and the second leg Monday, March 28 in Nigeria.
The winner of the tie will earn a place at the
2022 World Cup to be played in Qatar between
21 November to 18 December.