Despite reports of the endorsement of the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday to host the 2022 World Cup playoff between Ghana and Nigeria, more twists have greeted the development.
CAF, in its response after the inspection carried out during the week has given eighth conditions which Ghana must meet before being granted full authorisation to play the game at the venue.
Although, FIFA rules allow match venues to be changed 90 days before a match, the Ghana Football Association was able to convince CAF to move their venue from Cape Coast Stadium to Baba Yara Stadium.
In a letter signed by CAF Development Officer, Raul Chipenda, and sent to the General Secretary of GFA, Prosper Addo CAF tasked the West African nation to fulfil some conditions in order to get its greenlight to use the venue.
The conditions are as follows:
– The installation of new international standard, modern and comfortable officials’ benches at pitch level.
– Adjustment of floodlight intensity of a minimum of 1200 Lux should be provided all over the pitch, covering uniformly every area of the playing field.
– Increase seating and lockers in the team’s dressing rooms to reach 25 persons.
– Set up the water system to provide both cold and hot water in the teams and officials dressing room.
– General refurbishment of the CAF office, installation of modern desks and seats, including the necessary electronic and working equipment.
– VOC must be available and equipped with all the necessary equipment and requirements.
– Installation of completely new modern equipment in the referees dressing room to meet CAF standard.
– Complete refurbishment of the media tribune, press conferences room, media centre and installing new and modern equipment.
The first leg of the playoff is scheduled to take place on March 25, 2022.