Ghana sports minister: Football will return very soon

Ghana sports minister: Football will return very soon

by Graeme Jackson

Friday Sep 04, 2020. 09:00

The Youth and Sports minister for Ghana, Isaac Asiamah, has expressed confidence that football will resume in the West African country “very soon”.

All sporting activities, including ‘the beautiful game’, have been suspended in Ghana since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This saw the cancellation of the 2019-20 Ghana Premier League (GPL), but football fans won’t have too long to wait for the 2020-21 campaign to begin, according to Asiamah.

The minister was speaking at the 26th ordinary session of congress of the Ghana Football Association at the Ghanaman centre of Excellence at Prampram earlier this week.

“Let me commend you for the various steps you have taken in developing Ghana football after the Normalisation process,” said Asiamah, as quoted by Football Ghana.

“Indeed, the innovative and inspiring BringBackTheLove campaign embarked on by the GFA showed clear signs that football was on the ascendancy and fans were beginning to patronise domestic league matches again.

“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic halted the momentum that the leagues were generating. It is our fervent hope that innovative steps would be put in place to ensure that when the game finally returns, which I know will be very soon, it will pick up from where it left off.

“With the positive results we are getting from the fight against the pandemic, government is optimistic that soon it would be safe and appropriate to lift the restrictions on both individual and team contact sports activities in Ghana,” he concluded.

The GFA has yet to reveal its plan and schedules for a return to play, but it is hoped that the game will resume in Ghana in October.

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