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Member Associations should improve stadiums, match facilities – Bah

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has asked member Associations to improve their stadiums and match facilities during this period interrupted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a circular dated July 26th and signed by CAF Acting General Secretary, Abdelmounaim Bah, he made it clear that since stadiums are the core of football, the member associations must improve them.

“Please note that all CAF competitions matches must be played in stadiums homologated by CAF. A stadium will not be approved where it receives a negative report resulting from an inspection visit or match,” said Bah.

He made it clear that if a country’s stadium does not fulfill certain requirements, their national team/ clubs may be required to play their matches in an approved stadium in another country.

Among some of the identified main points which are considered as must have requirements in order for a stadium to be approved for high level matches; high quality of the pitch, floodlights of at least 1200 LUX, teams and officials’ benches, individual seats in the stadium, international clean and decent dressing rooms, sanitary facilities for spectators, media facilities, flagpoles, stadium control rooms and first aid and treatment facilities for players, officials and spectators among others.

He also made it clear that secondary aspects that could lead to temporary approval of a stadium include; emergency lighting system, public address system, public access and egress, and dedicated parking for spectators among others.

The Acting CAF Secretary General also said they will soon host an online video conference session with all the MA’s to discuss the club licensing system, the status of national leagues and stadium infrastructure.

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