COVID-19: No vaccine, No fans at Stadia – Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare

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Ghana’s special advisor on health at the presidency, Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has said football fans could only be allowed back into the stadium for football games when a vaccine is found for the Coronavirus.

Football in Ghana came to a standstill in mid-March due to the ban on social gathering by the government in bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare has divulged that the government is in talks with Ghana Football Association (GFA) on the possible resumption of football.

He hinted that football could resume amid Coronavirus pandemic, but fans will be allowed into the stadium if a vaccine for the deadly virus is found.

“In Europe, games are played behind closed doors. We cannot allow for supporters to go to the stadium and watch games just because that is where the clubs derive their funding,” he told Kumasi FM.

“Churches are filled with not more than 3,000 people, but Kotoko and Hearts games will attract more than 30,000 people so I will plead with football-loving fans to exercise patience.

“If a vaccine is found, the government will allow for supporters to go to the stadium.”

He added that the government has football at heart and it’s doing everything possible to see football return.

“The government has much interest in football,”

“Everything we do as a government is in phases, reason we have allowed for national teams to train for now.

“We are in talks with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GFA on the resumption of the league. The government wants every sector of the economy to function normally. We do not want to rush in doing things, the reason why we are doing it in phases.

“President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has football at heart, he is a football person and wants to see its return but not in a manner that will resurrect other problems.

“Football is a contact game, we will conclude everything with the GFA, MOYS [Ministry of Youth and Sports], NSA [National Sports Authority] and government will give the needed update in his next address.”, he concluded.

Ghana as at July 30 has recorded 37,014 cases, 33,365 recoveries and 182 deaths.

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