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Journalists sweat over lack of internet at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium ahead of Kotoko-Kariobangi clash

Despite being a statutory requirement of every international stadium, sports journalists have been sweating over the lack of internet availability at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium ahead of the CAF Confederation Cup clash between Kumasi Asante Kotoko and Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya.

With the stadium expected to be full on Saturday, fears are that data usage at the Baba Yara Stadium will be limited as has been the key feature of network providers in Ghana at crowded areas.

The men from the inky fraternity have always been left jostling between the media center and car park to access their private internet to be able to carry out their jobs during big matches as expected on Saturday.

Bloggers are limited in updating their followers while international journalists have no option than to wait till the game ends before they can update their readers and followers in their various countries.

Sometimes, bloggers are left with the only option of not updating their followers and readers until the first half ends for their private internet facilities to start working while some jump between the media center and the car parks every five minutes to send their stories.

The worrying situation has left journalists, both international and local, seriously worried as the only means of covering the game, especially to International audience is through the use of internet.

The Baba Yara Sports Stadium has been left with no internet for the media to facilitate their jobs for a very long time with those calling on the National Sports Authority to install the required WiFi almost given up.

Information gathered from insiders at the NSA is that the internet situation at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium was stabilised between 2015 and late 2017 but the situation deteriorated at the beginning of this year.

Both FIFA and CAF are very critical about the internet availability of international stadia hence making it a statutory requirement at every venue but the the National Sports Authority has ignored the numerous calls for the WiFi at the stadium to be given life.

The facility has been weeping to be upgraded with internet availability but the challenge, despite hindering journalists from executing their jobs excellently, is not a bother for the NSA.

With just two days to the game, the NSA have no option than to expedite action to ensure the WiFi at the stadium is working with a galloping speed to avoid any punishment from CAF for Kumasi Asante Kotoko as they could be charged for the lack in internet at the stadium.

Kotoko will take on Kariobangi Sharks of Kenya on Saturday in a make or break clash in the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup.

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Frank Darkwah

Ghanaian Sports Journalist who specializes in Sports Photography and Sports writing. Accredited CAF and FIFA photo journalist

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