WE SHOULD WAIT AWHILE BEFORE FOOTBALL RELATED ACTIVITIES ARE GIVEN A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

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WE SHOULD WAIT AWHILE BEFORE FOOTBALL RELATED ACTIVITIES ARE GIVEN A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH

Some football enthusiasts and club owners were heartbroken when President Akufo-Addo’s announcement excluded football as one of the activities that can resume.

In fact, some say they are devastated as they expected an announcement that would give them the green light to go to the field of play to ply the trade they have been trained for.

Some fanatics of the game feel exasperated beyond endurance, saying it would have been a fine opportunity for us to keep ourselves occupied with this entertaining event in an era of COVID-19.

Much as their concerns may be genuine, they also miss the point. What should dominate our minds is what would be the ultimate benefit if football is played behind closed doors?

We don’t seem to be considering the financial implications on these club owners. They cannot recoup monies sunk into these matches because there will be no supporters to watch the matches.

If the football teams and the Ghana Football Association have the financial muscles to support in this department, then relaxing the restrictions on football related activities could be considered.

The risks to players and management apart from the financial burden cannot be quantified. To prevent players, coaches and other officials from getting the virus, extreme measures would have to be adopted like keeping players in hotels, guest houses and club houses, testing players and officials with results known before matches begin and other safety protocols.

There would be enormous costs to the teams apart from the health related issues. In the light of these reasons, I hold the point that we should wait a while longer to return to normalcy.

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

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