Yahaya Mohammed wants date scheduled for the start of 2020/21 GPL postponed

Published on: 23 September 2020

Aduana Stars striker, Yahaya Mohammed has urged the Ghana Football Association to consider postponing the date scheduled for the start of the 2020/21 Ghana football season.

The Ghana Premier League and the Division One League have been given the clearance to start in October 30 with 25 per cent of spectators in attendance.

This comes after the H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo lifted the ban on contact sports during his 17th address on Sunday.

But the 32 year old agured that players will have to gain match fitness before the season could start.

“The timing is very close because we have been home for a very long time. We usually use 30 days for pre-season. We are expected to train for three weeks and use the last week to play friendlies," he told Joy News.

“It’s going to be very difficult so if the GFA boss is hearing me they can push the start of the league to the middle of November so that we can use the whole of October for preparations.”

“One month for preparations is enough because with the facilities in Ghana, it is very difficult to use two weeks to do physicals and other types of training. It is going to very difficult to get teams to play friendlies with because nobody wants to lose and nobody wants to get injured,” the Aduana striker added.

Various leagues in Europe have returned with protocols in place to avert the further spread of Covid-19.

Mohammed believes that the lack of adequate facilities means Ghana will have to slowly bring football back.

“If they [GFA] can give us one month for preparations so that we prevent injuries then we will be happy. Europeans have all the facilities so they can use just two weeks for all their preparations. We are not in a rush, we have to gradually bring the league so we get the best out of it and make it attractive for sponsors as well.”

Aduana were top of the suspended Ghana Premier League with 28 points in 15 matches.

The 2019/20 football season came to a standstill in mid-March following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

However, the season was annuled in June 30 following a meeting by the Executive Council.