Alhaji Gruzah cautions GFA against league resumption

Published on: 29 June 2020

Bankroller of King Faisal, Alhaji Karim Gruzah, has cautioned the Ghana Football Association against the resumption of the 2019/20 season following the rate of infection of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

All football leagues have been suspended since mid-March as part of measures to help curb the spread of the disease.

Discussions are currently ongoing about how to finish the season with Aduana leading the table with 28 points after 15 matches played before the topflight was halted.

The Football Association proposed weekly testing of all players and also training in smaller groups but did not meet the expectation of the government

"Those who are clamouring for the league to start because some European leagues have started are oblivious of the fact that facilities in Europe cannot be compared with what we have in Ghana, hence the need to hold on to the suspension of the Premier League until the infection rate of the COVID-19 comes down drastically,” he told Graphic Sports Online,

"These lucrative sponsorships in Europe are totally absent in Ghana so how can we play our matches in empty stadiums as is being done in Germany, England, Italy, and Spain?” he questioned.

On testing of players and officials before matches, Alhaji Gruzah said, "Before any match is played in Europe, players are tested at a cost. Do we have such facilities in Ghana and are we ready to bear the cost of testing players and officials of each team before each match?"

"In Africa, none of the leagues has started so why should Ghana be in a hurry to start the league at a time the infection rate of COVID-19 is becoming alarming?” he wondered.