FIFA has directed the Ghana Football Association to choose either Morocco or the Republic of Benin as an alternate venue for the first leg of the World Cup play-offs, regardless of the fact that the Ghana Black Stars were expected to host in Cape Coast on March 25, 2022.
The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) complained to CAF about the poor condition of the pitch at Cape Coast Stadium, triggering FIFA’s decision.
Images circulating on social media after Ghana’s 65th Independence Day celebrations on March 6 at the 15,000-seat Cape Coast Stadium showed the pitch heavily damaged.
As a result, FIFA maintains that Ghana’s only alternative at the time was to play the game on neutral ground, probably in a nearby country.
On Monday, CAF authorities will conduct a final examination of the infrastructure. The Ghana vs Nigeria match will be staged in one of the countries mentioned until they are fully satisfied with the status of the pitch.
The National Sports Authority has earlier posted photos of construction work on the Cape Coast Stadium, where the event will be held. The nature of the pitch is currently not the best, but the National Sports Authority believes it will be ready for the game.