KURT OKRAKU SHOULD ENGAGE GOVERNMENT ON THE NEED TO RESUME FOOTBALL INSTEAD OF THE SUBTLE BLACKMAILS

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KURT OKRAKU SHOULD ENGAGE GOVERNMENT ON THE NEED TO RESUME FOOTBALL INSTEAD OF THE SUBTLE BLACKMAILS

COVID-19 has had telling effects on not only Ghana and Africa but the world in its entirety.

The world, it is safer to conclude, has gone back to factory settings due to the huge yet adverse effects of the deadly coronavirus pandemic on humanity.

Ghana’s football, until COVID-19 made an unwelcoming entry into our shores, was in a quagmiry state. No sooner had the GFA held its elections to put the administration of football on an accelerated pedal than COVID-19 knocked at our doors.

Football, across the world, came crushing down naturally. The beautiful game could not withstand the might of the deadly virus. Ghana had to bow to the threats of the virus and this cannot be blamed on anyone.

Some countries have started easing restrictions on football. Empty stadiums have become the new norm in Europe and other places. Ghana’s football has not been given the green light to resume. The stakes are much higher as the risks associated with the virus cannot be underestimated.

A flyer of a sort is in circulation about Ghana’s football. It is believed that the Ghana Football Association is behind this flyer which seeks to tell Government that either there are more people suffering as a result of the game being stopped or they are blackmailing the administration to open up the game lest the about 70,000 people in the fraternity would vote against the administration.

One would expect that at this juncture the leadership of the Ghana Football Association would approach the President of the Republic and have a wholistic discussion with him over the matter instead of these subtle messages.

President Kurt Okraku should live up to expectations by making a stronger case for the restoration of football in Ghana taking into consideration the various safety protocols.

As main stakeholders in football, the Kurt Okraku administration should not go to the discussing table with empty hands. The GFA should go with convincing arguments so that their concerns could be heard.

The subtle blackmail should not be the focus but the practical measures to help lift the restrictions. If the GFA wants the restrictions to be lifted, it should go to the table with practical, realizable measures that would help in containing the virus, and that is the only way that could gift them the liberty to resume football in the country.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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