The president of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt E.S Okraku has confirmed that the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports stadium cannot host any tough international game or competition in Ghana currently.
Despite the world’s football governing and CAF allowing the Black Stars to play against the Super Eagles of Nigeria during the first leg of the World Cup qualifier play-offs at the venue last month, the stadium is not available to carry out any tough international game or competition as stated by the GFA boss in a conversation with Karl Tufuor on GTV Sports Plus.
With measures maintained to the stadium in Ghana for CAF and FIFA standard, the GFA has insisted that both the Kumasi Baba Yara Sports and the Cape Coast Stadium need to reinspected before hosting any of top international games.
Kurt Okraku confirmed that it was true that the first leg between Ghana and Nigeria would have been played outside the country (Benin or Morocco) if not working hard and overnights to meet CAF and FIFA and standard for the game.
However, the Cape Coast Stadium over the years have been hosting Black Stars games but the venue was rejected due to the bad state of the pitch after hosting of Ghana’s 65th anniversary.
In a conversation with GTV Sports Plus, the GFA boss stated, “To be honest, we had to pull every string, we had to work overnights to ensure that Ghana our beloved country had the opportunity to play here. If you heard about the stories of Ghana possibly playing out of the shores of the country that was true because clearly the Kumasi Stadium was challenged and it is still challenged as I speak because we cannot host International games at the baba Yara Stadium as of today.”