A Former Ghana FA vice-president, Fred Pappoe has commended the government of Ghana for agreeing to pay the cost of running Covid-19 tests for local football clubs in the wake of the sport being given the greenlight to resume.
Ghana President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in his 17th Covid-19 update, a couple of weeks ago lifted the ban on contact sports, paving way for the resumption of competitive football activities in Ghana for the first time in 7 months.
As football prepares for a return next month, the refreshing news is that Government is to absolve the cost of Covid-19 testing on Ghanaian footballers.
The move is to help ease the financial burden on the clubs whose financial situations have been crippled due to the period of inactivity and also to ensure that all stakeholders of the game are kept safe from the virus.
Speaking to Kumasi-based Silver 98.3 FM, Fred Pappoe has lauded government for this intervention.
“I think I read somewhere that government will absolve the cost of testing of the players, to that extent we have to commend government for that,” he said.
“If you leave that burden solely on the clubs, that will be a blow because the testing is very expensive if you are multiplying it by the 30 players and other officials. So if government will absolve the cost, it is very commendable,” Fred Pappoe concluded.
The decision by government to absolve the cost of testing of footballers and officials of clubs before season commences will save the Ghana Premier league outfits over US$ 70,000 per each round of testing.