Hotels in Kumasi are full ahead of the decisive 2022 World Cup qualifiers between West African giants Ghana and Nigeria on Friday.
The two sworn rivals who have an extremely close game will lock down at Baba Yara Stadium for the first leg on March 25.
And, in anticipation of the critical game – which is expected to have a global TV audience spanning the hundreds of millions – hotels in and around Kumasi are already fully booked.
GHANAsoccernet.com understands that reservations have been made by fans and several stakeholders to watch the titanic clash.
Prices have soared beyond expectations as the Black Stars come to town to take on their fiercest rivals in world football.
The Ghanaian team received a enthusiastic reception when they touched down in the Garden City on Tuesday.
The Nigerians have been tough ahead of the decisive double game in Ghana and Nigeria this month.
The winner of the two-leg tie will qualify for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, the Confederation of African Football confirmed that the Baba Yara Stadium will host Ghana’s crucial first leg against West African rivals Nigeria.
It comes after the CAF inspection team rejected the Cape Coast stadium, saying it was not fit to host the March 25 game.
The news was received with great enthusiasm by the Ghanaians and it sent shivers down the spine of Nigerians knowing that Ghana’s last World Cup qualifier ended in a huge victory over Egypt.
The Black Stars shut out Egypt 6-1 at Baba Yara Sports Stadium on October 15, 2013, making the second leg in Cairo a mere formality. Ghana qualified for the World Cup in 2014 with victory in Kumasi.
The 6-1 thrashing is not Ghana’s only famous victory in Kumasi, a year before the game against Egypt, the Black Stars beat Lesotho 7-0 at the same venue.
The Black Stars also beat Ethiopia 5-0 at Baba Yara Sports Stadium in AFCON 2019 qualifiers. Kumasi produced goals for the Black Stars hence a reason for the Super Eagles to panic.
Meanwhile, football is considered a religion in the Ashanti region and when the Black Stars come to town they are royally received.
The troop of supporters flock to the stadium to watch Ghana play all the time, and as usual the 40,000 seat stadium is expected to be packed to the brim.
Ghana will host Nigeria on March 25 for the first leg before traveling to Abuja in four days for the second leg.