CAF hands Ghana U-20 extension

Ghana fans have had little to cheer about in the past three months, with their domestic league suspended. Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Ghana's 2019 Africa Youth Championship qualifier against Benin has been postponed for two weeks by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

The first match of the two-legged qualifier was due to take place in Cotonou on July 14th, but CAF has shifted the fixture two weeks back, after Ghana football came to a halt following an investigative piece by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas into corruption in the game.

There has been no formal football activity in Ghana since the documentary was broadcast on June 6th.

The Ghana Premier League has been on hold and players of various national teams - including the men's U-20 side - who were preparing for the final qualifier, have been home since.

The Ghana Football Association and the government of Ghana are currently involved in a court case over the dissolution of the association, and FIFA called on Dr. Kofi Amoah and Oti Akenteng to manage football issues until a resolution is found.

Amoah, who headed the Local Organising Committee when Ghana hosted the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008, says they have made some progress already.

"CAF has given us permission to play the qualifier for the U-20 men team in two weeks' time," Amoah told KweséESPN.

"Given the state of football at the moment, it was just not possible for us to get a team ready this weekend and thankfully CAF accepts that."

That qualifier against Benin is the final step in Ghana's bid to reach the Africa Youth Championship in Niger next year.

That competition will serve as a qualifier too for the World Youth Championship later in 2019 in Poland.