Bafana Bafana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ghana has been moved from the Accra Sports Stadium to the Cape Coast Stadium.
The match will take place on 14 November at 19:00 SAST under floodlights which necessitated the move away from the Ghanaian capital.
Afcon qualifier moved away from Accra
The Accra Sports Stadium is much larger than the Chinese funded and built Cape Coast Stadium, but Ghana’s Sports ministry fears the floodlights at the country’s main stadium, and second option the Babayara Stadium, are unreliable.
Cape Coast Stadium was built in 2016 and holds 15,000. The Chinese government contributed roughly $30 million to the construction of the stadium, while the Ghanaian counterparts submitted $3.35m.
Ghana football news website ghanasoccernet.com broke the news on Wednesday 30 October.
“Ghana’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications fixture against South Africa will take place at the Cape Coast Stadium at 7 pm on Thursday 14 November 2019. The [crunch] game was initially set for the Accra Sports Stadium, but it has been rescheduled to Cape Coast since it will be played under floodlights.
“The floodlights situations at the Accra Sports Stadium and the Babayara Stadium in Kumasi cannot be trusted forcing the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association to opt for the Cape Coast Stadium. The Bafana Bafana will be arriving in Ghana for the match on Monday 11 November 2019.”
Bafana will face Ghana and Sudan in the opening two rounds of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, which take place in the November 2019 Fifa International window.
The match will be Bafana Bafana’s first competitive fixture since the appointment of Molefi Ntseki as the successor to former head coach Stuart Baxter.
The Cape Coast Stadium, which hosts Ghanaian Club Ebusua Dwarfs, is a less intimidating prospect than the grounds in Accra and Kumasi. The stadium holds less people, and its athletics track means that fans are some distance from the action. The Stadium also features state of the art dressing rooms a far-cry from the facilities that have historically greeted South African teams in away matches.
Bafana Bafana 2021 AFCON qualifying fixtures
14 November 2019
Ghana vs South Africa (a)
17 November 2019
South Africa vs Sudan (h)
4 September 2020
South Africa vs Sao Tome e Principe (h)
8 September 2020
Sao Tome e Principe vs South Africa (a)
10 October 2020
South Africa vs Ghana (h)
13 November 2020
Sudan vs South Africa (a)