Coronavirus: Ghana FA maintains football schedule

BY: Kweku Zurek
Coronavirus: Ghana FA maintains football schedule

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it has decided to maintain the schedule of all its competitions in the wake of assurances by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

President Akufo-Addo in an address Wednesday night announced the release of $100 million (about GH¢553 million) to enhance the country’s preparedness and response plan towards the prevention of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

In the wake of President Akufo-Addo's address, the GFA has assured all its stakeholders that although the 2019/2020 football calendar will go ahead as scheduled, it is closely "monitoring the evolvement of the Coronavirus around the world and particularly in Africa".

"As espoused by His Excellency the President of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Wednesday, we each have a responsibility to ensure Ghana is safe. The President assured the country that the Government is taking steps to handle any adverse impacts the outbreak could have on the country. This statement is very encouraging and assuring," a statement signed by the GFA's Communications Directorate said.

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"The GFA has therefore decided to maintain the schedule of all competitions as we continue to liaise with Government, the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health and follow all national health protocols on the matter".

"The GFA will continue to support government efforts by appealing to all participants of football, media and the general public to report suspected cases to nearby health centres and hospitals or call hotlines 0558439868/0509497700 for prompt action as directed by Government".

The 2019/2020 GFA football calendar is scheduled to end in July 2020.

Worldwide the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the suspension of many sporting events including the Italian Serie A and the NBA.