The Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Professor Peter Twumasi has confirmed that the Baba Yara sports stadium will be closed down for renovation works.
According to the NSA boss, his outfit has had to postpone the planned renovation works following Kotoko’s participation in this year’s CAF Champions League.
However, he admits that the need to renovate the facility has become urgent and that Kotoko may have to look for a new venue to honour their Champions League games if they overcome Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel and progress to the group phase of the competition.
The urgency to renovate the Baba Yara stadium has intensified in the last couple of hours after rains exposed the poor drainage system at the stadium, prompting an abrupt end to this year’s President’s Cup game between Asante Kotoko and rivals Hearts of Oak in Kumasi Sunday.
The match started, but after about 10 minutes, the organisers decided that the it could not continue due to the muddy nature of the pitch at the Baba Yara Stadium.
There were heavy rains in Kumasi about three hours before kick-off and it turned out that the surface could not handle the volumes of water and that had a bearing on the match.
The match referee, Bernard Domfeh, decided with the authorities to call the match off.
Speaking on Accra based Happy FM, Professor Twumasi said, “The truth is that the drainage system at the Baba Yara stadium is not as efficient as the one in Accra. The one in Accra has received some renovation but we haven’t done the same for Kumasi because of Kotoko’s participation. After what happened on Sunday, it has become necessary that we speed up the renovation plans and in the coming days we will do the needful.
The Baba Yara Stadium is earmarked for a general renovation because as you know Ghana has been awarded the right to host the next edition of the African Games so it will be done,” Professor Twumasi said.