Ghana Premier league and Division One league cleared to return on October 30
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced in his 17th Updates on COVID-19 that Ghana’s Premier League and Division One Football League will resume on Friday, October 30, 2020.
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Sunday, September 20, 2020, during his 17th address to the nation on the measures taken by the government to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ghana Premier League, the Division One League, the National Women’s League have all remained suspended since March 15 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, in making the announcement, the President said no spectators will be allowed at the team’s training centres.
He also added that there will be routine tests for all the players, technical and management staff.
He said, “Toward the progressive easing of restrictions, the government has taken the decision to allow the resume of training for all contact sports taking into consideration the imminent participation of our national teams in international competitions. Indeed, some national teams have already been given the dispensation to begin training ahead of their international engagements. All sports people who are camped are to be tested regularly.”
“Fellow Ghanaians with respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will resume on Friday, October 30, 2020, with a full routine of testing of the players, technical and management staff,” he said.
The president further revealed that the various match venues will be allowed to admit spectators for up to 25% of the capacity of the facility.
He said, “No spectators will be allowed at the training centres, and, when actual competition resumes, seating at all stadia will be limited to twenty-five percent (25%) capacity to ensure social distancing.”
“Wearing of masks by spectators at stadia will be mandatory. The restart of all other sporting competitions will be determined on a case-by-case basis, pending consultations between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the respective sport associations,” he added.
The Ghana Football Association has already annulled the 2019/2020 Ghana football season which had reached the half way stage before COVID-19 struck.
A new football season is expected to begin on October, 30, 2020.
In proposals sent to the various clubs and the government’s COVID-19 Task Force, the GFA outlined strict protocols they intended to implement on the return of football.