The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rejected a request from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to name a new venue for their 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff against Nigeria next month.
The GFA is seeking to move the first leg of the tie from the Cape Coast Stadium to the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi.
The Cape Coast Stadium is billed to host the country’s Independence Day celebration on March 6.
CAF has turned down the request, stating that it fell outside the time allowed for such.
“The FIFA World Cup 2022 preliminary competition regulations in its article 21 venues, kick-off times and training sessions stipulate that “The venues of matches shall be set by the host association and/or by the confederation, as applicable, and the matches may only be played in stadiums that have been inspected and approved by the confederation concerned.
“The opponents and the FIFA general secretariat shall be notified by the host association and/or by the confederation, as applicable, at least three months before the match in question is due to be played,” a statement from CAF read.
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