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2022 World Cup: Renovation begins as CAF approves Cape Coast Stadium.

2022 World Cup: Renovation begins as CAF approves Cape Coast Stadium
Cape Coast Stadium

The Cape Coast Stadium located in the Central Region of Ghana has been closed down for renovations ahead of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.

This follows the Confederation OF African Football (CAF)’s approval of the Cape Coast Sports Stadium as the home venue for Ghana’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers set to begin in June 2021.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in a statement announced that following the submission of the Stadium Report by the Association, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given approval for Ghana to use the Cape Coast Stadium for the upcoming qualifying matches subject to minor improvements.

Part of the GFA statement read: “CAF, however, added that "we would like to draw your attention to some of the comments and remarks in Annex A to be addressed in the coming period by your federation, in order to guarantee that the stadium is maintained in the list of CAF approved stadiums for Men’s Senior competitions".

CAF went on to state that “in case organizational and stadium technical infractions are verified during your upcoming international home matches, financial sanctions may incur on your federation as per the established CAF grid for lack of technical facilities in the stadium"

In accordance with these recommendations, the Cape Coast Stadium has been closed for renovations. The renovation work is geared at improving the pitch and other facilities at the Cape Coast Stadium to meet the required FIFA/CAF standards ahead of Ghana’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Ethiopia.

Ebusua Dwarfs FC who were to play their Ghana Premier League and MTN FA Cup home matches at the Cape Coast stadium will play these matches at the Nduom Sports Complex in Elmina and will only return after the Blackstars’ match.

Meanwhile, CAF in a communication to the general secretary of the GFA has recognized Ghana’s contribution to the development of football as it states: “We appreciate your contribution in helping us raise the level of African football with improved facilities as we continue to gain exposure to a global audience”.

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