The Board Chairman of National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, has called for the cancellation of the Ghana Premier League (GPL) despite moves by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to have to continue.
Mr Agyemang explained that his outfit does not have the financial clout to ensure all precautionary measures are adhered to if the GPL resumes in the midst of COVID-19.
The NSA chief was reacting to proposals by sports stakeholders to government’s COVID-19 team that sought to call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to ease restrictions on the ban on sporting events.
“Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) reveals that the COVID-19 has come to stay with us. It will be very difficult to play football in this situation because the technical team, players, referees and the security will be prone to the disease,” said Mr Agyemang on Asempa FM
“Seats and everything at the stadia should be sanitized. Even the footballs should be sanitise minutes by minutes where as players and all the officials should be tested twice every match which demands monies, to be sincere the NSA can’t afford this precaution,” he added.
He called on the GFA to avoid being influenced by the resumption of European football because they have invested a lot on precautionary measures to ensure player safety.
“Other countries like France and Belgium have truncated their league and declared champions because they know the implications of playing football during this novel. Even after testing the players for COVID-19, we have to test them for antibiotics and we all know the NSA cannot afford.”