The National Sports Authority (NSA) has made a U-turn over their decision to allow only 10,000 fans attend the Super Clash between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko on Sunday.
The two Ghanaian powerhouses will clash in an outstanding gameweek 7 Premier League clash at the Accra Sports Stadium this weekend.
The game was initially scheduled to take place in December 2021 but was postponed due to Hearts of Oak’s participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.
Earlier this week, a request by the clubs through the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to admit more fans for the game was turned down by the government COVID-19 Task Force, which introduced a 25% limit on all stadium attendance for football games in January 2021.
In a twist turn of events, NSA has in a press statement revealed that it has received an official clearance from the Ghana Health Service/COVID-19 Taskforce that the game can be played in full capacity.
The statement read: “The National Sports Authority (NSA) extends its warmest compliments.
“Per consultation of Governing Board of the Authority with the Ghana Health Service/COVID-19 Taskforce, I have been directed to officially inform you that as the clubs receive clearance to play full capacity at the Accra Sports Stadium during the match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko on Sunday 20th February, 2022, all attendees must strictly wear facemasks and observe social distancing.
“You are, therefore, advised to work closely with the Authority’s Management, COVID-19 Taskforce and other stakeholders to enforce this directive.
“Ghana Health Service will also mount vaccination centres to offer free COVID-19 vaccination to spectators and the general public.
“Counting on your usual cooperation,” the statement ended.
The game will kickoff at 15:00 GMT. The two teams are separated by 12 points on the league table, Asante Kotoko sit top with 36 points, whiles Hearts of Oak are in 8th place with 24 points.