WCQ: Ethiopia vs Ghana in South Africa is wrong – GFA writes to FIFA
Ghana Football Association (GFA) has made clear its displeasure over Ethiopia’s decision to stage their World Cup qualifier against the Black Stars in South Africa.
The Ghana FA indicated its displeasure in a letter sent to FIFA last Friday, while urging the world football governing to “ensure fair play”.
Ethiopia’s home venue has been banned by CAF and the East African nation has decided to host the Black Stars in Johannesburg, next month.
Ghana and South Africa are the main rivals in the battle for who finishes first in Group G as the Bafana Bafana, currently top, lead Black Stars by one point.
The winner of the group after the final two matches will progress to the last round, which is the play-offs.
“The Ghana Football Association has indicated to FIFA that the sporting integrity of the World Cup matches must not be compromised and must ensure that fairness prevails in the remaining two group matches,” the GFA published on its website.
“The GFA is of the view that it is wrong for a game of this magnitude to be played in a country which is in the same group and in contention for the top spot and urge CAF and FIFA to ensure that fair play is practiced to the latter in this matter.
“The Ghana Football Association will continue to engage FIFA/CAF to ensure that the right thing is done so that the competitive nature of the qualifiers is maintained.”
“Finally, due to the complexity surrounding this match, FIFA/CAF have been urged to confirm as soon as possible the venue of the match to enable us to plan our logistics especially player call ups and visa acquisition for the players who are scattered across the world.”
Ethiopia will play Ghana on Thursday, November 11.
Then, three days later, Ghana host South Africa in a match that could determine the group winner.
By Enoch Fiifi Forson|3news.com|Ghana