Football stakeholders and aficionados are breathing a sigh of relief as football can now resume albeit partially following President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo’s decision to activate Phase 2 of the easing of Covid-19 imposed restrictions.
In his 14th address delivered to the nation on measures taken against spread of COVID-19, the president said the female U-20 and U-17 sides have been given clearance to enter into camping to prepare for their respective CAF assignment.
“Our female Under-20 and Under-17 national football teams have been given the clearance to go into their respective training camps to begin preparations towards their FIFA and CAF-sanctioned international matches, which begin in September,” President Akuffo-Addo said.
President Akuffo Addo urged the handlers of the Black Maidens and the Black Princesses to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 safety/health protocols while in camp to avert any potential spread of the highly contagious virus.
“Whilst in training, the playing, technical and management teams must observe strictly all the protocols issued by Government, CAF and FIFA against COVID-19. All other team and contact sports, and competitive sporting events remain suspended till further notice,” he noted.
As part of measures to curb the spread of Coronavirus, the president took a decision to ban all forms of social/public gatherings in March 2020 with football affected in the end.
The long halt of all football activities eventually led the Ghana FA to cancel the 2019-20 football season after hopes of having the restrictions eased, were dashed in subsequent addresses by the president.
With the Ghana FA eyeing the start of the new season in October; clubs, players and all other stakeholders were looking forward to the easing of restrictions to allow for football activities to resume.
The development will therefore serve a bitter-sweet moment for them and other football lovers with the game not fully allowed to resume.