The Black Stars will have to deal with their opponents without the presence of Ghanaians in the stadium as Caf reveals new guidelines for the game
Ghana’s preparations to annihilate Sudan in the first leg of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers have been dealt a big blow as Caf has advised that the game should be played behind closed doors due to the rising of Covid-19 cases recently in Africa.
Initially, it was agreed that the stadium will take 25 per cent of its capacity to enable social distancing while fans cheer the Black Stars on but things have changed overnight.
“The General public is hereby informed that Ghana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan will take place behind closed doors,” a statement by Ghana FA read.
“This is part of a number of measures taken by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), to ensure that games are played in the safest possible way. According to CAF, games have to be played under strict conditions to ensure that players, referees and officials are protected from the corona virus pandemic.
“The guidance outlines the processes that will need to be in place, before games are played. As a result, players, technical team members, essential service providers and ball boys will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 tests before the match.
“Members of the media are also being reminded that there shall be strict adherence to the protocols during and after the match. Journalists who intend to run live commentary shall observe social distancing during the match.”
The statement added: “There will be no post-match press conference, Mixed Zone and Flash photo opportunities as only the photographers of the two teams will be granted access. But the Communications team will conduct a virtual post-match press conference via the official facebook page of the Ghana Football Association.
“Again, the public should take note that the game will be broadcasted live on Television.
“Ghana will lock horns with Sudan on Thursday, November 12, 2020 in a match-day three fixture scheduled for 16:00GMT at the Cape Coast stadium.”