The approval came after the Baba Yara Sports Stadium was inspected by a CAF Licensing Inspector on Sunday.
CAF Development Officer Raul Chipenda CAF indicated in a letter that:
“In response to the CAF stadium inspection conducted at Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) in preparation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff round match between Ghana and Nigeria slated for March 25th, 2022, we have made the following decision:
Allow the use of Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) for a single match in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff round encounter between Ghana and Nigeria;
The stadium is automatically removed from the list of CAF approved stadiums following the conclusion of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 playoff round match, and will only be approved for any subsequent CAF/FIFA international senior national teams matches and CAF men’s interclubs competitions following the implementation of all CAF remarks.
CAF, on the other hand, stipulates that the following conditions must be met prior to the match versus Nigeria:
New international standard, modern, and comfortable officials’ benches have been installed at pitch level:
The intensity of the floodlight can be changed.
A minimum of 1200 Lux should be delivered throughout the pitch, evenly covering all areas of the playing surface;
Increase the number of seats and lockers in the teams’ locker rooms to accommodate (25) people;
Installation of all new modern equipment and materials in the referees’ locker rooms, as well as ensuring that they are fully prepared to meet CAF regulations;
Set up the water system in the teams’ and officials’ locker rooms to deliver both cold and hot water;
Refurbishment of the CAF office, including the installation of modern desks and chairs, as well as the necessary electrical and working equipment;
VOC must be ready and have all of the relevant equipment and criteria.
The media tribune, press conference room, and media center have all been completely renovated, with new and sophisticated equipment installed.
CAF will appoint a stadium inspector to conduct an onsite inspection up until the day of the upcoming FIFA match in order to track the progress of the aforementioned improvements in the stadium.