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CAF has removed Baba Yara Stadium off its list of permitted stadiums for international matches.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has ruled that Kumasi's Baba Yara Stadium is unsuitable for senior international fixtures.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) verified this in a statement posted on their website on Tuesday.

According to the GFA, they got notification from CAF's Development Officer Raul Chipenda that the stadium is no longer authorized to hold senior category 'A' matches.

After being given a one-game license, the Baba Yara Stadium hosted the opening leg of Ghana's Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff game versus Nigeria.

However, CAF stated in a statement that the stadium has seen no development, rendering it unfit to host international matches.

“Following the one match approval given by CAF for the use of Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African qualifiers playoff round matches under the condition that specific points were to be corrected in the stadium, based on the report received from the CAF inspector that was onsite, we regret to inform you that the improvements made are still not up to the standards required by CAF to host Senior International A matches,” a section of the statement said.

“Unfortunately, the level of implementation of all the CAF remarks in the stadium was not satisfactory, including the quality of the equipment and materials used in the different functional areas in the stadium. As a result of the reported situation, we have taken the following decision:

“Formal prohibition is made to use the Baba Yara Sports Stadium (Kumasi) in all CAF/FIFA Senior international A matches.

“The stadium is automatically removed from the list of CAF-approved stadiums and will only be approved for any subsequent CAF/FIFA international senior national teams matches and CAF Men’s inter-clubs competitions following the implementation of all the CAF remarks.”

Meanwhile, Ghana is set to begin qualifying for the 2023 AFCON in June after being drawn in Group E alongside Madagascar, Angola, and the Central African Republic (CAR).

However, it is unclear which stadium the Black Stars will utilise for home matches.

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