The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association Dr. Justice Yankson has urged the Ghana Football Association to abrogate the remainder of the 2019/2020 football season.
The 2019/2020 football season has been disrupted by the emergence of the novel coronavirus disease. The Authorities in a bid to control the spread of the disease suspended the local league after matchday 15.
With the disease showing no signs of slowing down, concerns have been raised as to whether it would be necessary to risk continuing the season.
However, Dr. Yankson insists that continuing the season would be too much of a risk considering the country’s inability to control community spread even with the current suspension that has been placed on the league.
Speaking to Happy FM, “At this point in line with measures by the President, we will be breaching the rules if football is allowed to go on. 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”.
“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”.