Veteran coach JE Sarpong backs Ghana FA's decision to annul football season

Published on: 03 July 2020

Former Asante Kotoko and Accra Great Olympics head coach, Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong, has backed Ghana Football Association (GFA) decision to cancel the entire season.

The decision was taken by the Executive Council on Tuesday, June 30.

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has brought in the country to a standstill since mid-March.

However, the experienced Coach Sarpong described the decision as a bold one which presents the GFA with adequate time to prepare well for the next football season and also safeguard lives due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

"The decision to cancel the league was imminent, considering the stringent measures put in place by the government to help curb the spread of the virus.

"Some people thought we could join the European countries in resuming our league, forgetting that we don't have sponsors to help fund clubs to follow the basic health guidelines for the safe return of football.

"All we need to do is to plan very well for the next football season and synchronise our calendar with that of the Europeans,'' Coach Sarpong told GNA Sports.

When asked about the decision of the GFA to name Ashantigold and Asante Kotoko as representatives for Africa, he said, "the GFA's decision is in accordance with CAF statutes because the two clubs did represent us in previous competitions on the continent.

"The question as to whether they would be ready for the competition should be left for the clubs to decide because it is important they represent us so we don't lose our slots in Africa's club competitions."

Despite the annulment of the season, there is no demotion and promotion.