The Director General of the National Sports Authority, Professor Peter Twumasi has confirmed that plans are far advanced to ensure 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 thus Kotoko may have to look for a new venue to honour their Champions League games if they overcome Tunisian side Etoiledu 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 last Sunday.
The match started but after about 10 minutes, the organizers decided that the match could not continue due to the soggy nature of the pitch, which could not handle the volumes of water.