The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has eliminated the Baba Yara stadium from the record of approved stadiums for Senior Category “A” matches.
This was contained in a letter signed by CAF Development Officer Raul Chipenda and addressed to the General Secretary of the Ghana Football, Association Prosper Harrison Addo, Esq.
‘’Following the one match approval given by CAF for using Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) within the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff spherical matches beneath the situation that particular factors have been to be corrected within the stadium, primarily based on the report obtained from the CAF inspector that was onsite, we remorse to tell you that the enhancements made are nonetheless not as much as the requirements required by CAF to host Senior International A matches. Unfortunately, the extent of implementation of all of the CAF remarks within the stadium have been not passable, together with the standard of the tools and supplies used within the completely different purposeful areas within the stadium. As a results of the reported scenario, we have now taken the next determination:
- Formal prohibition is made to make use of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) in all CAF/FIFA Senior worldwide A matches. The stadium is mechanically faraway from the record of CAF approved stadiums and can solely be approved for any subsequent CAF/FIFA worldwide senior nationwide groups matches and CAF Men’s inter-clubs competitions following the implementation of all of the CAF remarks”.
CAF offered Ghana with their feedback and remarks to be addressed within the coming interval by the stadium administration.
CAF additionally acknowledged that the stadium authorities ought to take into account initiating a whole renovation and refurbishment work to be able to be certain that the stadium is approved sooner or later for CAF competitions. We advocate that the renovation plan is predicated on fashionable structure, up-to-date design, and high-quality tools and supplies with a transparent venture plan and particular timelines within the off-field areas identified.
CAF additional acknowledged that Ghana ought to notice that in accordance with the CAF Stadium inspection and approval process, earlier than a stadium might be re-approved, all of the feedback and remarks should be strictly revered and carried out and a observe up re-inspection coated by your Association MUST be carried out by CAF to be able to reassess the stadium compliance.
“For guidance, the attached “CAF Stadium Requirements” is a complete doc that features the wants of a stadium and units out the minimal necessities to meet so as for a stadium to be homologated by CAF. Once once more, we emphasise that high quality stadiums are elementary for the event and progress of African soccer, therefore the laws and its necessities compliance shall be carried out strictly by CAF. We nonetheless encourage you to provoke the renovation program and the acquisition of all of the stadium tools in accordance with CAF’s remarks’’ the letter learn.
Copies of the letter has since been despatched to the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MOYS) and the National Sports Authority (NSA) because the events search to work collectively to make sure that the off-the-pitch points raised by CAF are resolved rapidly for the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to be relisted on the CAF record of approved stadiums for Senior Category A matches.
The Kumasi Baba Yara Sports stadium in Kumasi was granted a “one” match Conditional Approval Licence by CAF and FIFA for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 playoff tie in opposition to Nigeria on Friday, March 25, 2022.