Government rejects GFA’s proposal to resume football

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Reports coming in indicates that a proposal from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to allow football to resume has been rejected by the government. The proposal from the FA was deemed “weak”.

Football in Ghana has been suspended since mid March due to the ban on social gathering by the government to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The unanticipated event has kept the future of the country’s major league and other leagues up in the air.

However, the hopes of seeing football back was hampered on Sunday when the president of the country, Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo announced that the ban on social gathering has been extended to July 31.

The hopes has further been hampered as reports coming from the National Sports Authority boss, Prof. Peter Twumasi indicates that a proposal from GFA to the government to resume football was rejected.

According to Prof. Peter Twumasi in an interview with Atinka FM, GFA made a proposal to the government to allow all premier league and division one league clubs to start training in groups.

He also revealed that, GFA president Mr. Kurt Okraku suggested to the government that there will be a weekly test for the players, education for clubs on covid-19. The GFA also proposed that it’ll urge clubs to disinfect their training facilities and finally camp players in a hotel.

The proposal was rejected by the government. This was based on the fact that clubs cannot bare the cost of conducting covid-19 test for $80 per player every week as suggested by the football body.

”Kurt Okraku made a case that every week we will test them. I’m sure the President and his team studied the proposal before given clearance to some disciplines and leaving out some,” Professor Twumasi told Accra-based Atinka FM.

”They proposed that players will train in smaller groups but that didn’t pass so let’s pray that going forward, things will normalize for football to return.”

The GFA last month announced that it’ll make a decision on the future of the country’s major league and other leagues by June 30. But with the turn of events, it looks like football in Ghana won’t return any time soon.

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