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25.06.2020 Football News

Coronavirus: Playing Matches Behind Closed Doors A Bad Call - Ebusua Dwarfs Coach

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Coronavirus: Playing Matches Behind Closed Doors A Bad Call - Ebusua Dwarfs Coach
LISTEN JUN 25, 2020

Head coach of Ebusua Dwarfs, Ernest Thompson says the proposal to resume football behind closed doors, not a right decision.

The Ghana government has extended the ban on contact to July 31.

Following the outbreak of the coronavirus, all domestic competitions in the West African country have been on hold since March 15.

Football administrators are crusading for the resumption of the season with preventative measures.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is currently engaging the government to resume football without fans.

“You know our clubs actually rely on gate proceeds. And should the league resume in an empty stadium, it is going to actually affect clubs,” Thompson told Y FM.

“When it’s behind closed doors and there are no supporters coming in, there is no other source of income for some of the teams.

“It is going to cause a lot of problems for most of the teams, Dwarfs not excluded, because you know we don’t have as many sponsors and support as other teams have and that is really going to be a problem.

“If you should ask me, the government or the Ghana Football Association should come in to support the teams financially.

“With that one, if we are asked to go and play, I think fine and with all the protocols and everything put in place to ensure the players, technical team and management do not contract the disease why not.

“We are ready to play anytime they ask us to, but we should be very careful with the decision."

The GFA has, meanwhile, set a June 30 deadline to make a final decision on the future of the 2019-20 Ghana football season in the wake of the disruptions.

Ghana's ban on all contact sports, including football, remains in effect until at least July 31.

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