SWAG President Yeboah opposes league cancellation
President for the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Kwabena Yeboah has strongly opposed the idea for Ghana Premier League 2019-2020 to be canceled in light of coronavirus pandemic.
The league was put on hold far back in March amid a Presidential directive in efforts to mitigate the widespread of the coronavirus outbreak which had plagued the country and the rest of the world.
The coronavirus pandemic led to the suspension of major economic activities in the country and the world at large, some football associations on the African terrain (Kenya, Zambia, Mali, Ethiopia) recently suspended their leagues, which heightened massive pressure on the GFA do same.
But with other leagues (Germany, Spain, England) slowly easing their way back to playing,the renowned journalist questioned why football in the country was still not played, when other activities(market, churches, schools) had been given the green light to return to normalcy.
“We cannot continue to shut our football for long. If all the markets, churches, schools have been allowed to open with some regulations and policies to observe the protocols, then why not football”, he asked on Happy FM.
He however suggested that, if safety measures were instituted it will reduce the widespread of the coronavirus, football will be on the winning side much to the delight off everyone in the country and beyond.
“There can be spacing done at the various stadia, with people’s temperatures taken before they enter. Clubs can sell some tickets to ensure proper social distancing is observed at the venue. If we observe the right protocols we can play our football.
“For those saying we should cancel the season and wait till August, what is the guarantee that the virus will end for it to be safe to play football.”
The Ghana FA is yet to take a definite stance on the league after consultation with stakeholders.