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FA inspects Cape Coast Stadium

The Ghana FA is worried over the state of the pitch at the Cape Coast Stadium for next week’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa.

The lack of permanent grounds has left the pitch in a bad state with the grass now brown with just a few days to the match against the Bafana Bafana.

Ghana FA sent some of its leading officials to inspect the stadium, hotels and training pitches in Cape Coast on Monday for next week’s match which led to the discovery.

Executive Council members Frederick Acheampong and Linford Asamoah were joined by the Deputy General Secretary of the GFA Alex Asante as they travelled from Accra to assess the city’s level of preparedness for the game.

The Regional FA chairman, Robert Duncan and the Regional Sports Development Officer (RSDO) Sarfo Adjei met the delegation when they inspected the stadium and the other training pitches.

The grass at the Cape Coast Stadium was brown when the delegation visited the place, sparking concerns that the field would be patchy for the match but officials assured the GFA that by the match day it will be lush green as work was underway.

The delegation also inspected the floodlights and standby generators for the game as the match will be played at 7pm to allow workers the time to attend the game.

The two hotels scheduled for South Africa and Ghana, respectively, are Elmina Beach Hotel and the Royal Ridge Hotels.

They were satisfied with the hotels but asked that work on the pitch and other minor things be escalated before next week.

Black Stars Head Coach Kwesi Appiah will have all his 23 players available by November 12 ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa and São Tomé and Príncipe.

The European leagues will break this coming weekend with players free to join their respective national teams for the various competitions and qualifiers.

 –Ghanasoccernet

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