Ghana’s Premier League may not be allowed to have fans back inside stadiums SHOULD the Government give greenlight for Football activities to resume per proposal submitted by the GFA’S Medical Committee to the GFA.
And per Ghana- Kumasi Base Radio Station Oyerepa FM Sports report, Dr Adam Baba led committee have adviced the GFA as follows
The resumption should be gradual
-starting with the men premier league then the others(Division One,Women’s league etc) follow when convicted all is well.This is because if we take too much, it can overwhelm us
That all players, officials, coaches,referees and match commissioners undergo mandatory test*
-The FA must arrange for them to be tested at various laboratories.They were identified into High and low risk groups
-The High risk group comprised of referees, match commissioners and technical persons who have close contact with players.
A plan that could see all matches for the remainder of the season played in empty stadiums
-The only persons to be admitted will be the press to cover the games and most of the matches shown live on TV.
-Those that can’t be shown live should be shown immediately after the matches not to make supporters miss the game so much.
To observe social and physical distance as we enjoy the game of Football
Speaking to Oyerepa FM Sports, the Chairman of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Medical Committee Dr Adam Baba said.
”To cancel or continue will all depend on the dynamics of the pandemic.As the medical committe of the GFA, we were asked for a proposal on the best practices SHOULD the Government give the go ahead to resume Football activities and our advice was based on the records of the pandemic, the death and recovery rates and cases recorded.
All that we are doing will hinge around the Ghana Health Service’s final approval, the go ahead or could tell us to wait for a while”
COVID-19 Effects: Ghana’s Female Footballers Face Tough Challenges
The chairperson of the Ghana women’s Premier League committee, Madam Hillary Boaten has complained about the negative effects of COVID-19 as many female footballers seem vulnerable.
Football activities in Ghana were suspended in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country as Ghana clocks close to 6000 cases of COVID-19.
The chairperson made it clear that the female clubs have not put themselves in a position that will enable them start their league.
She also stressed on the fact that female footballers in her league lack basic equipment to perform self training as this will go a long way to affect the future of female footballers.
“I felt so sad when I was told one of my girls has been impregnated during the lockdown period a player with very good promise and its so worrying. I will plead with my female footballers not to allow themselves to be used and dump” she told Adom FM’s Alex Kobina Stonne.
Madame Boeteng also lamented on the ability of the female clubs to maintain the safety protocols even if the government lifts the ban on public gathering.
” Even if we decide to play under closed doors, how can the women’s league committee raise money for clubs especially when players are not allowed to even train on their own”, she concluded.
June 30th has been set for football resumption in Ghana but the GFA is still in talks with the government to see how the set date might be possible.
He played like a drain’ – Neville slams Di Maria after wife’s Man Utd jibe
Gary Neville has hit out at Angel di Maria’s performances for Manchester United and insisted the winger should have taken a leaf out of Manchester City star Sergio Aguero’s book.
Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in 2014 in a move that brought much excitement to supporters.
However, after a decent start in the Premier League, Di Maria’s form plummeted after an attempted burglary at his house in Manchester.
The Argentine then left the following summer to join Paris Saint-Germain in a deal that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many United fans.
That was only made worse after his wife, Jorgelina Cardoso described Manchester as ‘horrible’ and admitted Di Maria only joined the club due to the finances involved.
“I remember Angel coming up and saying, ‘an offer from Manchester United has come in. Maybe we’ll be a little more financially secure’. We fought about it,” Cardoso said to Los ángeles de la mañana .
“I told him, ‘not a chance’, he could go on his own. ‘No, come on. Let’s go’, he replied. There was a lot of money involved and afterwards the Spanish were calling us money-grabbers. And they were right! If you are working for a company and the competition comes along and offers to pay you double, you take it!”
She added: “I didn’t like anything about it (Manchester), not a thing. The women are all pasty-faced and white, prim and proper – weird. You’re walking down the street and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or what.
“The food’s disgusting. All the girls are all dolled up to the nines, perfectly made-up and there’s me with my hair in a bun and with no make-up on.”
When asked about those comments, Neville didn’t hold back with his criticism of Di Maria’s performances, whilst adding he should have taken note of how fellow Argentines Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta adapted to life in Manchester.
“All I would say is, we hear these stories from time to time where a player has played like a drain, like Di Maria did at Manchester United,” Neville told Sky Sports’ The Football Show.
“He was awful and I had high expectations and excitement when he came to the club thinking we were signing a top player. He was never interested from day one.
“What he needs to do is look across the road at Sergio Aguero, his Argentinian compatriot or Pablo Zabaleta who have done alright in Manchester and haven’t been in a rush to leave.
“I will defend my city to the hill and she did have an unfortunate experience where there was a robbery, which would hamper you mentally and would cloud your judgement of the city.”
GFA artfully declares 2019/2020 GPL cancelled after Tuesday’s ESCO meeting
The Executive Council (ESCO) of the Ghana Football at its meeting on Tuesday May 5, 2020, artfully declared the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season ‘cancelled’ after extending its suspension to two more months following the ban on all public gatherings by the state due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2019/2020 football season has since March 16, 2020, been suspended indefinitely following government’s ban on all public gatherings and sporting activities in the country due to the aforementioned reason.
The ESCO, a body with the sole power to declare official GFA sanctioned competitions nullified according to the new GFA Regulations, decided at Tuesday’s meeting, that the current status quo (the suspension of the league) remains till it is done with all ongoing engagements with the powers that be to arrive at a final decision on the fate of the season.
“The Executive Council at its meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 decided that the status quo remains, stating that the Association is in various engagements with Government, the Ministry of Health, the Ghana Health Service, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the GFA Medical Committee, CAF and FIFA”, a statement on the FA site read.
While acknowledging, that the decision to declare all football activities, and for that matter the premier league for the current campaign null and void extends beyond the remit of the GFA, it is worthy to note, that the time frame within which the FA looks to take a stock on the fate of the league, by inference, paints a picture of devious declaration of the league nullified. According to the Executive Council, discussions on the fate of the league will be revisited by June 30, 2020, meanwhile, the entire season was earlier scheduled to end in July.
“The Executive Council further decided that the Association will continue to monitor the situation and would revisit it on June 30, 2020 after a careful assessment and evaluation of the issue and to take further decisions”, the statement stated.
It is imperative to note however, that before its COVID-19 enforced suspension in March, only Match Week 14 out of a total of 34 Match Weeks of the GPL were fully played, with two matches of week 15 (Inter Allies vs Asante Kotoko, King Faisal vs Accra Hearts of Oak) to complete the week’s fixtures. The FA Cup on the other hand, would have to be continued from round of 32 through to the final before a champion can be declared. With the European calendar set for a round up latest by June to early July, and Ghana in a bid to synchronize her football calendar with that of Europe, time will not permit Ghana to continue the current league campaign and the FA Cup to a full, successful and smooth completion before serving CAF with the list of Ghana’s representations for the 2020/2021 CAF inter club competitions.
One would therefore not be begrudged to conclude that the GFA is coy on the official nullification of the suspended league, but employed an artful way of announcing the seeming yet-to-be made official decision to cancel the league in parables.
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