Addae Kyenkyenhene: Youth must observe social distancing and stay safe

Author: George Ernest Asare
Rev Addae Kyenkyenhene- Former Black Stars and Kotoko defender

A former Black Stars and Kotoko stalwart defender, Kwadwo Addae Kyenkyenhene, has implored the youth in sports to continue abiding by the government’s directive to observe social distancing in order to stay healthy as the nation continues the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kyenkyenhene, who won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana and the 1983 African Club Championship with Kotoko, told Graphic Sports Online that the lifting of the partial lockdown in the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas last on Monday April 20, might induce a section of the youth in sports to converge and undertake social activities that could put their lives at risk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
 “Staying at home will not only prevent sports personalities from getting infected with the virus, but will also keep them healthy for them to pursue their career when the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic is won.”

 “I commend the government for lifting the partial lockdown in the Greater Accra and Kumasi Metropolitan Areas, but it is important for the youth in sports to continue observing social distancing and other directives that will help keep them healthy.

"It is very important to protect yourselves from being infected with the disease and the only way to do so is by staying at home,” he advised.

  “The disease should not be taken for granted because it is a matter of life and death, so it is important for all to keep the social distance and practise all the hygienic ways to avoid being infected. We should refrain from all forms of social activities that can create problems for us.”

The retired football icon, now a minister of the gospel at Ola Akin Temple Harvesters Evangelistic Ministry at Bantama, Kumasi, also urged sports personalities to commit themselves to God as they pursued their career.

That, he said, would make the face of God shine upon them for them to be successful in all their endeavours.

“As a footballer, I led a wayward life, but I’m now born again. The power of God will help transform us from our sinful ways to be saved and be part of the Kingdom of God.”