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Coronavirus: Ghana Premier League set for a return on Oct. 30

President Akufo-Addo in his 17th address to the nation has given the green light for Ghana’s Football Leagues to resume on October 30.

As part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, government banned football activities in March.

In the president’s 17th Address since the lockdown, the football fraternity will be allowed to train for the first time in months as the government steadily eases restrictions on contact sports in the nation.

The Ghanaian leader Nana Akufo-Addo stated that towards the progressive easing of restrictions, the government has taken the decision to allow the resumption of training in all contact sports, taking into consideration the imminent participation of “our national teams in international competitions. Indeed, some national teams have already been given the dispensation to begin training, ahead of their international engagements. All sports people, who are camped, are to be tested regularly.”

According to the president, since some of the national teams were allowed to train ahead of their respective competitions, it is then in the right direction to gradually ease the restrictions imposed on football clubs to begin with training for their respective leagues.

“With respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will restart on Friday, 30th October, with a full regime of testing of the players, technical and management staff”, he stated.

On the other hand, the President revealed that there would be 25% of supporters who would be allowed into every stadium based on its capacity and no fans would be allowed to visit teams training grounds during training”.

“No spectators will be allowed at the training centres, and, when actual competition resumes, seating at all stadia will be limited to twenty-five percent (25%) capacity to ensure social distancing. Wearing of masks by spectators at stadia will be mandatory. The restart of all other sporting competitions will be determined on a case-by-case basis, pending consultations between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the respective sport associations,” he added.

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