The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reportedly rejected the use of Cape Coast Stadium as the home ground for Medeama Sporting Club’s upcoming CAF Champions League matches.
It comes after a recent inspection by a CAF team, where the stadium deemed unsuitable for hosting senior international matches, including CAF inter-club group stage games.
This decision comes as a setback for the club and its supporters who were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to showcase their prowess on their home turf.
Medeama Sporting Club, one of Ghana’s top football clubs, had initially proposed Cape Coast Stadium as the venue for their CAF Champions League matches, citing its modern facilities and capacity to accommodate a large number of fans.
However, CAF’s decision has left the club scrambling to find an alternative venue that meets the continental football body’s standards for their CAF inter-club competitions for the 2023-24 season.
The inspection report highlighted several areas in the stadium that require renovation and upgrading to meet CAF’s requirements.
The only stadium in the country that meets CAF’s standards for hosting senior international matches is the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
This decision has implications for Medeama SC’s upcoming matches in Group D of the CAF Champions League, where they will compete against teams like Al Ahly SC, CR Belouizdad, and Young Africans.
Medeama SC’s first group game is set to take place in Cairo against Al Ahly, and they will host CR Belouizdad in the second round at the Baba Yara Stadium.
The CAF Champions League group stage matches are scheduled to begin in late November 2023 and conclude in March 2024.