GPL chief: We want to try and finish the season

GPL chief: We want to try and finish the season

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Jun 12, 2020. 09:09

Ghana Premier League (GPL) Management Committee chairman Alhaji Lepowura MND Jawula has revealed that the league hopes to restart the suspended 2019-20 season rather than cancel it.

Ghana’s top flight has been halted since March when a ban on sporting activities was imposed by the government as part of measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

There are divided opinions as to how the current campaign should be completed – many have called for a cancellation in order to focus on starting a new season in August-September, while others insist that 2019-20 should be wrapped up on the field regardless of how long such a process would take.

“We want to continue the league to avoid legal tussles but that will be contingent on what comes out from our engagement with government (of Ghana) and CAF (Confederation of African Football) for financial assistance,” Jawula told Opemsuo Radio, as quoted by Goal.

Yet Jawula’s hopes hinge on a decision which will be taken by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on the fate of the season, set to be undertaken by June 30.

And even if the GFA decides to continue the season, they will have to wait until at least August to get back on the field, with the government placing a ban on all contact sports until July 31.

“I think the 2019-20 season is over, taking into the consideration the extension of the ban on social gatherings,” Aduana Stars striker Yahaya Mohammed told Shaft FM in Obuasi.

“It will be appropriate if the season is terminated for us to start preparing for the next season. Staying at home for more than four months will even have a toll on us if the season is resumed.

“I am second-highest scorer in the league and also Aduana Stars are leading the table so I wouldn’t wish the season is cancelled but the situation we find ourselves in doesn’t permit us to do our wishes.”

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