Member of the CAF Medical Committee, Dr Prince Pamboe has requested that players demand for comprehensive medical checks to be performed on them before agreeing to play as it’s within their rights.
His statement comes as a result of a new research finding that indicates players who are treated after contracting CoronaVirus, risk suffering cardiac arrest when they return to playing football.
Football leagues worldwide are contemplating resuming play despite the threat of coronavirus still present. The German Bundesliga has already resumed, while plans are in place for the English Premier League, Italian Serie A and the Spanish La Liga to return to action somewhere in June.
In Ghana, the GFA is set to decide on the fate of the 2019-20 football season by June 30 but have already indicated their willingness for a continuation following engagements with government and other key stakeholders.
Dr Prince Pamboe’s claim has however triggered the need for strict adherence to health protocols before a decision is made about returning to playing.
He made the disclosure during an interview on Joy News’ Beyond the Lockdown Program.
“Scientific research has come out to prove and confirm that any player who has contracted COVID-19 and gotten treated, that player stands a higher risk of suffering a cardiac arrest during play,” Dr Pamboe told Joy News.
“So we the medics in football or sports have now turned our lights on the pre-competition medical assessment you have to do before allowing players to play”.
“Every player has the right to demand that comprehensive medicals will be done for you before putting you on the pitch to go and play” he noted.
He mentioned that CAF’s medical committee has recommended the continent’s football governing body to scrap all playing activities but noted that taking such a decision especially at the national level will have to be dependent on a country’s situation.