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Dr Justice Yankson cautions against Ghana football return as CAF deadline looms

Following calls by some stakeholders for the resumption of the 2019/20 Ghana football, General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) Dr Justice Yankson has cautioned against the return of the Ghanaian football season.

The move he believes will have an adverse effect on the country’s efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus in Ghana.

In an interview with Accra-based Happy FM, Justice Yankson insisted that sporting activities, likewise football should remain suspended until the coronavirus pandemic has passed.

“At this point in line with measures by the President, we will be breaching the rules if football is allowed to go on.

“Football is a contact game and one of the preventive measures is to practice social distancing. As it stands now we haven’t been able to reduce the community spread and in line with what FIFA and the UEFA have done, we should hasten slowly and try not to play the game as soon as possible”.

“The more the season prolongs without matches it will be better to consider and start a new season. Even with the current season due to the challenges with Normalisation, we were trying to do a crush program and now there is Covid-19. So this will give us another opportunity for us to prepare well for another season”.

“The health officials will help and guide the authorities on when football should return”, He added.

Since the president’s directives to help curb the spread of COVID-19 Ghana football has been suspended as part of initiatives to help check the spread of the coronavirus which has so far killed 17 people and infected over 2,000 people in the West African country.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given a May 5 deadline to member associations to appease it with a decision whether they’ll continue their leagues or cancel.

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About Richard Korley

Sports writer/ blogger, formerly a presenter with Volta Premier FM, Ho. A sports fan by default with numerous articles across various sporting disciplines in Ghana. Reach me via Call/ Text 0542 838 805 or email: korley_nene@yahoo.com.

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