The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to exceptionally allow 2,000 spectators to attend the TotalEnergies CAF CL 2021/22 – Hearts of Oak (GHA) vs. WAC (MAR) – Match 45.
In a letter to the GFA, the governing body of the continent affirmed that the CAF and FIFA Covid-19 match protocols clearly state that all games must be played behind closed doors.
However, it added that it made the decision to exceptionally grant GFA and Hearts of Oak’s request after analyzing and assessing the security situation at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“Accordingly, it was decided to allow the presence of 2,000 spectators as an exception, as the National Safety & Security Officer (Julius Ben Emunah) and the Club Safety & Security Officer will coordinate all safety measures for the above game.
“We ask for your cooperation to fully comply with the above decision, but point out that your association is subject to disciplinary sanctions by CAF in the event of non-compliance,” said the Development Director of Raul Chipenda in the letter.
Meanwhile, Ghana’s senior team, the Black Stars, have revived their World Cup hopes after defeating Zimbabwe on matchday four of qualifying.
Thomas Partey’s brilliant free kick in the 30th minute earned the West African powerhouse all three points in Harare and they are now at the top of Group G.
Ghana will wait for the result from South Africa tonight to see if they hold their place at the top until the end of the international break.
The four-time African champions started the game explosively, with Stade Rennais winger Kamaldeen Sulemana causing problems on the left.
In a one-on-one situation, the clever winger overtook a Zimbabwean defender to force his goalkeepers into a save as the Black Stars chased an opener.
Zimbabwe would have been on the verge of breaking the impasse, but Ghana’s goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott was quick to respond to a back pass from Jonathan Mensah.
Ghana then won a free kick after an hour after a foul on skillful midfielder Mohammed Kudus. Thomas Partey, who started the game as captain, chose himself and made no mistake shooting home brilliantly.
Mohammed Kudus almost doubled his lead but his shot from a corner was cleared off the line. Five minutes after the break, the Ajax star hit the bar.