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Hold our government responsible if we fail to qualify says Ghana FA member

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An Executive Council member of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], Randy Abbey has taken a swipe at government for its decision to host the country’s 65th independence anniversary celebration at the Cape Coast Stadium.

With the Black Stars originally set to host Nigeria in the 2022 World Cup play-off at the stadium, the celebration at the stadium, the pitch was left in a bad state.

Following an inspection conducted by CAF officials, the stadium was rejected due to its bad state.

However, the Ghana FA secured late approval to host the Super Eagles at the Baba Yara Stadium.

Expressing his frustrations, Randy Abbey, who is a former spokesperson for the country’s football governing body questioned government’s decision to host the anniversary celebration at the Cape Coast Stadium knowing that there was a game scheduled to be played at the stadium.

“What hurts me is that we have been playing these World Cup qualifiers without any problem until we decided to do independence celebration on the (Cape Coast Stadium) pitch, two weeks or so before a world cup qualifier. Knowing very well that that stadium is the only one approved by FIFA for World Cup qualifiers,” he said on Metro TV.

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“This Baba Yara thing when the FA’s inspection team went there, they raised so many red flags and said that they could not approve the pitch (for Asante Kotoko). People took it as the GFA has a position against a particular club and the National Sports Authority [NSA] has gone there and therefore the pitch is fit to be used. Now we are playing on the 25th, today is 17th, we have 8 days to go, the game is next week Friday, 7:30 PM…how did we get here?” he questioned

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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