President Nana Akufo-Addo has lifted the ban on contact sports, allowing football to return with a specific number of fans to be allowed at match venues.
This was carried in the President’s 17th COVID-19 Address on Sunday September 20, 2020.
25% football fans will be allowed back into stadiums and match centers when the new Ghana Football season kicks off amidst the observation of COVID-19 protocols particularly the use of nose masks.
The decision had been extensively discussed with the leadership of the Ghana FA before the announcement, insiders have revealed.
Football activities have been halted since March owing to the CoronaVirus pandemic, with the 2019-20 domestic season scrapped as a result.
Following the easing of the restrictions on contact sports including football, clubs can now start their preseason preparations with the Ghana Premier League set to kickoff on October 30, 2020.
Fans are, however, not to be allowed at training sessions but 25% of the stadium capacity are to be allowed to watch games when the league resumes with the wearing of nose masks expected to be strictly observed.
This development is a huge relief to the clubs who were sweating on the prospect of missing out in match-day revenue due to the initial possibility of playing in empty stadiums.
Ghanaian clubs mostly rely on gate proceeds and the likelihood of playing without fans threatened the already dire financial situation of clubs.