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Sports News of Tuesday, 18 February 2020


Baba Yara closure: Kotoko considering Cape Coast, Len Clay stadiums

The management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko is set to meet to deliberate on the venue for their home matches following the closure of the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports on Monday, February 17, announced a temporary closure of the stadium to allow for renovation works ahead of Ghana’s 63rd Independence Day anniversary celebrations.

The Ministry in the statement also said that the stadium will remain closed for football and athletics activities for further renovation works as the stadium has deteriorated to a level that require immediate fix.

A source close to Kotoko told that they are considering the Cape Coast and Obuasi stadiums as the home ground for their remaining home matches.

The source disclosed that they were not taken aback by the decision as the Ministry and NSA has in previous discussions informed them of their intentions to lock down the stadium.

It said management will take into consideration a lot of factors before deciding on a venue.

The source also failed to rule out the use of the Konongo Park albeit an admission that works will have to be done on the facility.

It is believed that certain figures in the club are hugely disappointed with the development as it comes right after their three-match ban where they were forced to play behind closed doors.

A fans’ riot at the Baba Yara Stadium in week 3 of the GPL led to the imposition of a 3-game behind closed doors ban on Kotoko.

According to their coach, Maxwell Konadu, the absence of the fans hugely affected the players who could only win one of the three matches.

Kotoko’s next home game is against Bechem United.

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