After series of meetings, the Ghana Football Association has agreed that their first 2015 Africa Cup Of Nations Qualifier against Uganda will be played in Kumasi.
Going with coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision, the Black Stars will now play against their first Group E match against the Cranes at the Baba Yara Stadium on September 5.
“The coach prefers Kumasi and that has been the reason to play the match there,” Ghana FA General Secretary Emmanuel Gyimah told Africanfootball.com
The last encounter between the two sides at the same venue was in 2005 in the second stage of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Charles Amoah scored for the Black Stars and Assan Bajope netted the equaliser for the visitors.
“Our next match will be against Togo on the 10th of September and so the players need some rest before the match,” Gyimah added.
It is understood that Accra had been a highly recommended choice to allow the Black Stars have ample time to prepare before traveling to Lome for their match-day two game against Togo on September 10.
Despite the Ebola scare, Ghana are free to play matches at home despite the widespread of the deadly disease in the West African sub-region.
AFCON 2015 QUALIFIERS
September 5: Ghana vs Uganda
September 10: Uganda vs Guinea
October 11: Uganda vs Togo
October 15: Togo vs Uganda
November 15: Uganda vs Ghana
November 19: Guinea vs Uganda
PREVIOUS CRANES’ VISITS TO GHANA
18/3/1978: Afcon Final, Ghana 2-0 Uganda
22/6/2003: Afcon Qualifiers, Ghana 1-1 Uganda
03/7/2004: Fifa World Cup Qualifiers Uganda 1-1 Ghana
04/9/2005: Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, Ghana 2-0 Uganda
31/5/2009: Friendly, Ghana 2-1 Uganda
Both teams have faced off 10 times, Uganda winning just twice, losing six times, and drawing on two occasions.