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03.05.2020 Football News

GMA Implores GFA To Terminate 2019/20 Football Season

By Sammy Heywood Okine
GMA Implores GFA To Terminate 2019/20 Football Season
LISTEN MAY 3, 2020

Dr Justice Yankson, General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has asked the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to cancel the 2019/20 Ghana football season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Many have raised concerns on whether the league season should be continued or be truncated.

According to Dr Yankson, football should be suspended until there is a clear path for the games to resume after Covid-19.

“At this point in line with measures by the President, we will be breaching the rules if football is allowed to go on," he told Happy FM.

"Football is a contact game and one of the preventive measures is to practice social distancing. As it stands now we haven’t been able to reduce the community spread and in line with what FIFA and the UEFA have done, we should hasten slowly and try not to play the game as soon as possible”.

“The more the season prolongs without matches it will be better to consider and start a new season. Even with the current season due to the challenges with Normalisation, we were trying to do a crush program and now there is Covid-19. So this will give us another opportunity for us to prepare well for another season”.

Dr Yankson added that the health authorities will guide the GFA in determining when it’s safe for football to return.

“The health officials will help and guide the authorities on when football should return.

As it stands now it is very difficult to predict when football should return. We are hoping the cases will not increase and we should all abide by the protocols so football can return soon," he added.

Football has come to a standstill since March 15 following the directives by the president to suspend all social gatherings.

The country's football governing body is currently engaging clubs over the suspension of the 2019/20 football season due to the pandemic and must also report to CAF on the future of the league by May 5, 2020.

Ghana’s coronavirus cases keep on increasing steadily, and people have been advised to wear face masks and wash hands with soap to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

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