The Ghana Football Association has requested Asante giants Kumasi Asante Kotoko to officially notify them their “reasons to change the Accra Sports Stadium to Tamale Stadium as their home venue”.
Asante Kotoko on Monday officially wrote to the Ghana Football Association asking for a change of home venue from the Accra Stadium to the Tamale Stadium in the ongoing 2020/21 Ghana Premier League season.
“We have written a request to the GFA for a venue change four Ghana Premier League home matches. We want to move from Accra to the Tamale Sports Stadium. Club Spokesperson,” Moses Antwi Benefo confirmed.
He cited busy as their reasons indicating the same facility is been accessed by four clubs namely Hearts of Oak, Great Olympics, Legon Cities and Inter Allies in the ongoing campaign.
“We all know there is immense pressure on the Accra Sports Stadium. Legon Cities, Inter Allies, Hearts of Oak, Great Olympics, and Kotoko are using the facility.”
“This year, we’ve had CAFs inspection team approve the Tamale Stadium as fit to host CAF inter-club matches so we adopted it as our second home venue in the event we are unable to use Accra for our Champions League games”.
In a letter signed by General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo on Monday, the GFA informed Kotoko that “our checks from the Club Licensing Process shows that you selected the Accra Sports Stadium as your home venue for the Ghana Premier League, which was inspected in line with the licensing process for this season. We also note that you would like to use the Baba Yara Sports Stadium when renovation work is completed when and the National Sports Authority permitted your usage of the Stadium”.
The FA also reminded Kotoko that in the “license application process, you only provided an “Ownership Agreement” as requested by the regulations for the Accra Sports Stadium”.
The home venue for the Porcupine Warriors, the Baba Yara Stadium is currently under renovation which forced them to use the Accra Sports Stadium as their home venue.
The last time Kotoko appeared on the Alhaji Aliu Mahama stadium was in 2017 when they humbled arch-rivals Hearts of Oak to win their 9th FA Cup title.
Already the Porcupines have had the Tamale facility approved by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) as an alternate venue for their Champions League campaign this season and have offered to bear every cost should the GFA decide that its Club Licensing Board (CLB) has to inspect the venue before sanctioning any switch.
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