GFA fight FIFA and CAF for accepting Ethiopia request to host Black Stars in South Africa in World Cup qualifier

Published on: 26 October 2021

The Ghana Football Association has written to the world football governing body to express their displeasure for accepting Ethiopia request to play the Black Stars at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The African continent were hit with a controversial news with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) accepting the request of Ethiopia to host the Black Stars of Ghana in South Africa in the penultimate 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

Ethiopia will host the four-time African champions at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg next month.

This is as a result of the ban on the Bahir Dar Stadium after the Ethiopia FA failed to meet CAF’s requirement.

Ethiopia initially opted to play Ghana in Kenya but swiftly changed their request and decided to use the Orlando Stadium.

With South Africa and Ethiopia battling for the only qualification slot in Group G, however, the domestic football governing body has written to FIFA to ensure there is fair play in the last two matches.

The GFA who seems not to be happy with the decision to play Ethiopia in a country which is in same group and in contention for the top stop is demanding for a change in venue.

The FA has therefore urged FIFA/CAF to confirm as soon as possible the venue of the match to enable them plan their logistics especially player call ups and visa acquisition for the players.