Ahead of the of October 15, 2020 date set for the return of football, the Ghana Football Association has rolled out a comprehensive plan for the game’s return.
The plan seeks to address all the major stumbling block that will hinder the return of the game to pave way for a smooth resumption of football.
The FA in collaboration with the Government of Ghana is set to supervise the return of football with a new structure which will involve less travelling, less cost and more games on television.
The document which has been sent to all stakeholders to study and make recommendations before it is finally adopted will see clubs playing football across the COVID-19 barrier.
The Ghana FA in the document seeks to resume the game on zonal basis with proximity being the greatest factor to consider.
Premier League clubs will be in two zones of 9 clubs each and will have all their games played at specific venues dubbed ‘Match Centers’ according to the Ghana FA.
In view of this, clubs will not play their home games at their traditional home grounds as the format will see clubs playing at neutral centers.
There will be two Match Centers in each zone based on the proximity of the clubs in that zone.
Clubs in the Southern Zone are likely to settle on two venues from a possible list of five; Accra Sports Stadium, Essipong Stadium, Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Papa Kwasi Nduom Sports Complex and Red Bull Arena in Sogakope.
Similarly, clubs in the Northern Zone will have to settle on two of the following stadia; Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Len Clay Sports Stadium and Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium innTamale.
For the Division One League, the GFA will have three different zones with each zone having two match centers.
Each DOL zone will have two Match Centers with 8 clubs each.
The plan also includes how clubs will travel to their match centers as well as accommodation packages to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
The GFA together with the GoG will ensure footballers, coaching staff and all those involved in match day activities are properly tested before league games.
This new structure of football rolled out by the Ghana FA is to consume the period characterized by COVID-19 and will revert to the original format when the pandemic is finally declared over.