Ghana’s representative in the CAF Confederations Cup, Dreams FC, is set to face Kallon FC of Sierra Leone in the second leg of the final qualifying round of the competition at a neutral venue.
Initially, the match was scheduled to take place at the Southern Arena in Bo, Sierra Leone. However, Kallon FC has announced that the game will now be played at the Samuel Kay Doe (SKD) Stadium in Liberia due to protocol requirements set by the Confederation of African Football.
A statement from Kallon FC explained the change in venue, stating, “Kallon Football Club wants to inform its supporters, fans, followers, and well-wishers that their match against Dreams FC (Ghana), in the return leg of the CAF Confederation Cup Preliminary Round, is going to be played at the Samuel Kay Doe (SKD) Stadium, in Liberia. The Confederation of African Football stands on protocol grounds for the match venue. Therefore, this notice is done to cancel the initial venue (Southern Arena, Bo) on the flyer. Note, the date remains the same, on the 30th September 2023.”
“We are sorry for the inconveniences this might have caused our fans and all Sierra Leoneans,” the statement added.
The decision to move the game away from the Southern Arena was due to the ground’s failure to meet the requirements for hosting such high-profile matches.
In the first leg of the tie at the Accra Sports Stadium, Dreams FC secured a 2-1 victory, with goals from Godfred Atuahene and a penalty converted by John Antwi.
The Still Believe side will need to avoid defeat in the return encounter, which is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, at the Samuel Kay Doe (SKD) Stadium at 4:00 pm, to qualify for the group stages of the competition.
Referee Aklesso Gnama from Togo has been appointed to officiate the game, with assistance from compatriots Komlan Domenyo Adiwotso and Abdou Kpelafia, and Vincentia Enyonam Amedome as the fourth official. Alhaji Babagana Kalli from Nigeria is the Match Commissioner, and Songor Koedoyama is the Medical Officer.