Former Kotoko board member believes "We are not ready to resume 2019/20 season"

Published on: 29 June 2020

Former board member of Asante Kotoko, Mr. Kabral Blay-Amihere believes Ghana is not ready for the resumption of football activities since protocols of the coronavirus pandemic were not being met.

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

He, therefore, advised the GFA to consider the complex issues regarding the pandemic before taking a firm decision to either truncate or continue with the league.

“Those countries who have started football are obeying the COVID-19 protocols. If the country (Ghana) wants to start the league, they should learn to implement the proper measures before starting the league," he told Asempa FM.

“There is no seriousness on protocol measures put in place before we start the pending league and I think we are not ready to continue it,” he stressed.

"South Africa is said to continue their league; they have put in all the protocols to ensure the safety of players. They have an element of sponsorship to ease their financial burden but we don’t have such.

"If you say King Faisal should continue the league, it will be a tough demand on their financial status so Ghana’s issue is a very hard task," the former Envoy and National Media Commission chairman explained.

"Before football revived in Europe, there was a weekly testing of players and officials. Before they started, everyone knew their status but what has the country done so far with regard to this?

"The safety of the players is overlooked which will be a disaster if we continue it," he added.

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