Health advisor at the Presidency, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has revealed that the government and health authorities will not allow football fans into stadiums when football returns in Ghana because it is their major source of revenue.
COVID-19 caused the Ghana Football Association to cut-short the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season upon considerations of all conditions involved for football to restart in the West African country in July.
Since then, the Ghana Football Association has given a possible kickoff date of the new football season in October subject to government approval.
Dr. Nsiah-Asare stressed that it is only when a vaccine is found for COVID-19 that fans can attend football matches when Football Returns amid the rapid spread of the novel Coronavirus disease in Ghana.
“In Europe, games are played behind closed doors. We cannot allow for supporters to go to the stadium and watch games just because that is where the clubs derive their funding,” he told Kumasi FM.
“Churches are filled with not more than 3,000 people, but Kotoko and Hearts games will attract more than 30,000 people. So, I will plead with football-loving fans to exercise patience”, he urged.
“If a vaccine is found, the government will allow supporters to go to the stadium.”
He further explained that the government have football at heart and are in consultation with the necessary sports authorities in a bid to ensure the return of football.
“The government have much interest in football. Everything we do as a government is in phases, the reason we have allowed for national teams to train for now.
“We are in talks with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the GFA on the resumption of the league. The government wants every sector of the economy to function normally. We do not want to rush in doing things, the reason why we are doing it in phases.”
On 26th July 2020, President Akuffo Addo eased restrictions for the Black Princesses and Black Maidens to start preparations for their CAF and FIFA sanctioned competitions.