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JUST IN: Nigeria turns to CAF, rejects Cape Coast Stadium ahead of World Cup playoff against Ghana

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has stated that it is monitoring reports that the Cape Coast Stadium in Ghana, which will host the first leg of the Qatar 2022 World Cup play-off between the Black Stars and the Super Eagles on Match 25, is in poor condition and is undergoing rehabilitation just weeks before the crucial match.

Patrick Pascal, the manager of the Super Eagles, told The Guardian yesterday that the revelation of the bad status of the Cape Coast Stadium should not cause concern because the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is usually strict and professional in screening stadia for international engagements.

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Pascal added that the NFF will rely on the CAF to decide whether or not the match would be moved to a different location.

“The NFF does not have the authority to change the location of matches.” CAF will declare a change if the Cape Coast Stadium is not suitable for the World Cup qualifiers. The NFF is monitoring events in Ghana, and if there is a need to lodge a complaint concerning the location or anything else prior to the match, we will inform CAF, who will make the final decision. “Right now, our attention is on the qualifiers, and we hope that all of the players invited are healthy,” he stated.

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According to reports, the football surface at the Cape Coast stadium was seriously damaged during the Ghana government’s 65th Independence Anniversary celebrations on March 6.

On social media, pictures showed holes in the pitch, while others showed work in progress.

There are rumors that the World Cup qualifications play-off would be transferred to another stadium in Accra or Kumasi due to the state of the pitch.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) had requested permission from CAF to transfer the game to a different stadium, but it was denied.

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