Following a national ban on all public gatherings in mid-March as part of the measures adopted by the government to curb the spread of the Covid-19, the 2019/20 Ghana Premier league season was brought to a halt and football has been at a standstill.
After several engagements with the stakeholders of the game and health officials, the Ghana Football Association (GFA) decided in June to cancel the 2019/20 football season.
Despite the drastic reduction in the number of Covid-19 cases and the government easing restrictions in other fields, football is still at a standstill and when it will resume is still unknown.
Speaking at the 26th GFA Ordinary Congress which is was held at the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence in Prampram on Tuesday, September 1, the Minister of Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah assured that the government and the FA are working together to ensure that the game returns as soon as possible.
“With the positive results we are getting from the fight against the pandemic, Government is optimistic that soon it would be safe and appropriate to lift the restrictions on both individual and team contact sports activities in Ghana.”
He continued: “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic halted the momentum that the leagues are generating. It is our fervent hope that the innovative steps would be put in place to ensure that when the game finally returns, which I know will be very soon, it’ll pick up from where it left off.”
Hon. Isaac Asiamah went on to commend the current GFA administration for their efforts since they came into office ten months ago.
“Let me commend you on the various steps you have taken in developing Ghana football after the Normalization process. Indeed, the innovative and inspiring BringBackTheLove campaign embarked on by the GFA showed clear signs that football was on ascendancy and fans were beginning to patronize domestic league matches again.”
The Ghana FA is engaging government on the possibility of starting the 2020/21 Ghana football season in October amid the pandemic.