Coronavirus: GFA Suspends All Football Competitions

Empty Accra Sports Stadium (StudioFEB)

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has suspended all football-related activities with immediate effect until further notice, after the country recorded 4 new coronavirus cases following the confirmation of the first two positive cases last Thursday [12th March 2020].

This decision taken by the GFA follows the directives given by President Akufo-Addo on Sunday [15th March 2020].

“All public gatherings, including conferences, workshops, funerals, festivals, political rallies, sporting events and religious activities such as services in churches and mosques, have been suspended for the next four weeks,” the president said.

The GFA also stated that “it will continue to engage the relevant institutions on the matter and update its members and all stakeholders of any changes.”

Ghana is not the only country that has suspended sports activities due to coronavirus. Major sports activities all over the world have been halted too. European countries like Italy, Spain, UK, France have all suspended sports activities. In the USA, the NBA was also suspended after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the virus.

Below is the full statement:

The Ghana Football Association following the directives given by the President of the Republic on Sunday, March 15, 2020, has suspended all its competitions with immediate effect until further notice.

In a statement released last week, the GFA announced that while all competitions will go ahead as scheduled it will continue to liaise with Government, the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health and follow all national health protocols on the matter.

The Government of Ghana announced new protocols on Sunday and consequently the GFA will immediately follow the new issued protocols and guidelines.

The Association will continue to engage the relevant institutions on this matter and update its members and all stakeholders of any changes.


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