Ghana’s Group C AFCON qualifier against Sudan will be played behind closed doors due to growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement released by the Ghana Football Association.
The Black Stars, 4-time winners of the AFCON trophy, will go to battle with Sudan’s Falcons of Jediane at the Cape Coast Stadium without fans as the football governing body have confirmed fans won’t be allowed into the stadium.
Ghana Sports Online is reliably informed that the Ghana FA received a communication from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that stated that fans must not be allowed to watch the game from the 15,000-capacity stadium.
The General Secretary of the FA wrote back to CAF in which he gave the assurance of strict measures and protocols that will ensure safety of a proposed limited fans and players who would be at the stadium for the game.
But, CAF have turned the request down and insisted that fans must not be allowed into the stadium to watch the game.
Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed worry over the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the West African nation and remains unwilling to lower his guards in terms of allowing fans into the stadium for the game which is scheduled for Thursday afternoon kick off.
Charles Akonnor is seeking to chalk his first competitive win for the Black Stars as he misses a number of his key players for the game with Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey, Kudus Mohammed of Ajax Amsterdam, Majeed Ashimeru, Harrison Afful and a couple of others unavailable for the game.
Ghana lead Group C with a 100 percent record having beaten South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe in the opening week of the qualifiers. The Black Stars are yet to concede a goal in the group.
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