The real reasons behind government’s decision not to lift restrictions to allow for football to resume in Ghana have been finally revealed by the National Sports Authority (NSA).
Ghana Football has been halted since March, due to the imposition of a ban on all forms of social gatherings by government in its attempt to curb the spread of Corona-Virus.
President Nana Akuffo-Addo on Sunday, May 31st eased restrictions that prohibited social gatherings although it only paved way for non-contact sports to resume.
In effect, football cannot resume much to the disappointment of the football fraternity.
The NSA chief, Prof. Peter Twumasi has now shared why government rejected a proposal from the Ghana Football Association to allow all premier league and division one league clubs to start training in groups.
Prof. Twumasi also said the reason the Ghana FA’s proposal to resume football wasn’t considered by government was the fact that, clubs cannot bear the cost of conducting COVID-19 tests for $80 per player every week as suggested by the football body.
He further disclosed that, the GFA president Kurt E. S. Okraku suggested to gov’t that there will be a weekly test for the players, as well as education for clubs on how to stay safe from COVID-19.
As part of the proposal the GFA would have also urged clubs to disinfect their training facilities and finally camp players in a hotel.
However, after a careful study of this proposal, government deemed it unconvincing hence not allowing for the resumption of football.
It remains to be seen what the GFA will do next with pressure mounting on the nation’s football governing body ti decide the fate of the 2019-20 season.
The Association is expected to communicate a decision by June 30.