The police administration has hinted that it has put in place stringent measures to provide security during the upcoming World Cup qualifiers between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Super Eagles of Nigeria scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022, at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi
It has also assured the officials of the Ghana Football Association, Confederation of African Football, and the world football body, FIFA, that it will spare no effort to ensure an incident-free event by deploying enough security personnel in and around the Baba Yara Sports Stadium and within the Kumasi Metropolis.
To augment the existing security deployment, it said there would be additional deployment of highway and motorbike patrols along all the eight entry routes into Kumasi and other adjoining regions.
The Director-General of the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, DCOP Kwesi Ofori, said the administration in partnership with the National Security outfit would screen all persons entering the stadium for offensive and lethal weapons.
“For the safety of everyone and the integrity of the game, the police will severely deal with any acts of hooliganism in and around the stadium,” he said.
He appealed to all supporters and the public to obey the rules and regulations put in place for the encounter between the Black Stars and the Super Eagles.
“We entreat everyone to consider their personal security as a guiding principle before, during and after the game,” said Mr. Ofori who advised the public to be guided by the traditional bond of friendship between Ghana and Nigeria, and “ensure that the outcome of this match does not mar the beauty of our collective security.”
For effective traffic management, he said the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) had made adequate provisions at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium to prevent traffic jams and congestion.
In line with the traffic management, four major roads to the stadium would be blocked. They include Britania – Is My Kitchen Restaurant stretch to the northern side of the stadium and Is My Kitchen Restaurant – Stadium Hotel stretch to the eastern side of the stadium.
To the southern end, the Amankwatia School – T.I. Ahmadiyya School road would be blocked, while the Britannia – T.I. Ahmadiyya School road to the western side would be blocked.
@ a glance
The Ghana Police Service has assured the officials of the Ghana Football Association, Confederation of African Football and the world football body, FIFA, that it will spare no effort to ensure an incident-free event during the FIFA World Cup qualifying playoffs between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Super Eagles of Nigeria tomorrow.