After Ghana had recorded its first case of coronavirus on 12th March, 2020, the President in consultation with the Ministry of Health thought it wise to put restrictions on most activities and lockdown the country on 16th March, 2020.
This decision affected all sporting activities which included football. After playing the last football matches on the 15th March, 2020, football fans have endured enough depression until the European leagues resumed.
For some fans, they have waited too long to hear the GFA on whether the league will restart or be cancelled especially after the European leagues had resumed. For clubs, one would have thought that since they make up the GFA, decisions on the continuation of the league or not can never be made without them. After a long meeting on 30th June, 2020 by the GFA, it was unanimously agreed that the league has been cancelled.
This decision would either favor some clubs or go against the others especially, clubs on the summit would have wish they continue the league when possible. Also, the other clubs in the relegation zone will welcome the decision with open arms. On the Ultimate Sports show on Asempa FM, the Chief Executive Officer of Sekondi Hasaacas lamented, “I am crestfallen as the GFA did not consult the clubs on the decision to cancel the league”. Mr.Jojo Duncan of Proud United seconded.
They understand that the GFA statues article 78 gives power to the Executive council to decide on all matters and cases especially when there is a force majeure, but it would have been more prudent to consult the clubs since they are the life blood of the Ghana Football Association. The ‘Doooooooo’ boys were fourth on the Division one league log zone two, having played thirteen matches, won seven, last one and drew five with 26 points and two points off the league leader’s Skyyfc Daboase (28), they looked positive to qualify to play in the Ghana premier league next season.
Writer: Kwesi Baffoe