Monday Jun 08, 2020. 11:00
Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin, the coach of Aduana Stars, has admitted his fears over restarting the 2019-20 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season amid the threat of Covid-19.
Ghana has not been ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, but has still recorded thousands of cases and dozens of deaths.
The country banned all public gatherings and sports events back in March, but there have been calls for the GPL to resume its campaign, which has reached roughly the halfway point and saw Berekum Chelsea leading at the top of the log.
Fabin, however, argues that until there is a guarantee of players’ safety, football should be forgotten about.
“I fear, not for the players alone,” Fabin told Happy FM, as quoted by Goal.
“Everybody is at risk at any time because most people are asymptomatic. I have that genuine fear that they can contract the virus.
“So it’s very risky. I have this genuine fear that players may contract the virus.”
The Stars coach’s viewpoint is shared by Ghana Football Association (GFA) medical expert Prince Pambo: “It’s more than irresponsible to start football now without a 100 percent safety guarantee,” he told Asempa FM.
“From the word go, we have to take time and start afresh. Those who are pushing that we start football must understand that it won’t be that easy.
“I don’t know the dynamics but if there isn’t a 100 percent safety guarantee, it won’t be proper to risk anyone’s life. Some are claiming we should play behind-closed-doors, which is fine but a lot will go into it.
“The players, technical staff, administrators and close contact staff must all be quarantined in an air-tight environment before matches.
“They must all be tested before every single league match. The cosmetic ways of doing things won’t happen. There has to be robust testing every week and the wearing of masks.”
The Ghana Football Association say they will make a decision on the GPL season by June 30, while the government’s ban on sporting events is in place until at least the end of July.