Yahaya Mohammed: Delay GPL start

Yahaya Mohammed: Delay GPL start
Yahaya Mohammed of Ghana

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 24, 2020. 16:00

Aduana Stars striker Yahaya Mohammed has urged the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to delay the scheduled start of the 2020-21 Ghana Premier League (GPL) season.

The GPL and second tier of professional football have been given the green light to start their new seasons on October 30, with a 25 percent attendance at stadiums.

Ghana has not seen any competitive football action since March when their 2019-20 season (which was later scrapped entirely) was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The arrival of a new season is reason to rejoice for supporters in Ghana, but Mohammed has asked for them to show just a little more patience, arguing that the long layoff means players need an extra couple of weeks to train and prepare.

“The timing is very close because we have been home for a very long time. We usually use 30 days for pre-season. We are expected to train for three weeks and use the last week to play friendlies,” Mohammed told Joy News, as quoted by Football Ghana.

“It’s going to be very difficult, so if the GFA boss is hearing me they can push the start of the league to the middle of November so that we can use the whole of October for preparations.”

“One month for preparations is enough because with the facilities in Ghana, it is very difficult to use two weeks to do physicals and other types of training. It is going to be very difficult to get teams to play friendlies with because nobody wants to lose and nobody wants to get injured,” he concluded.

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