The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has stated it adhered to all COVID-19 protocols during the Black Stars’ international friendly matches against Mali and Qatar, after six players tested positive for the disease following their return to their respective clubs.
Caleb Ekuban and Jordan Ayew are the latest Black Stars players to contract COVID-19 after the international break.
Gideon Mensah, Joseph Aidoo, Kassim Nuhu Adams and Bernard Mensah are among players who are reported to have also contracted COVID-19.
In a statement on its website, the GFA said: “We are informed that some of our Black Stars players have tested positive for coronavirus following their involvement in Ghana’s friendly games against Mali (October 09) and Qatar (October 12).”
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) contingent adhered to all the strict COVID-19 protocols, before, during and after our stay in Turkey. A minimum of three tests were conducted on players, technical and management team members during the training camp in Antalya,” the FA added.
The GFA went to indicate that: “The first test was conducted 24 hours prior to the game against Mali where one team official tested positive for the virus and was immediately isolated from the group. With just about an hour to the start of the game against Mali, the Ghana team Doctors, together with Turkish Health officials conducted another round of tests in the dressing rooms of both Ghana and Mali before kick-off.”
“The third set of tests were carried out 24 hours before the second game against Qatar and again, no single positive case was recorded.”
“Furthermore, officials and management committee members of the National Team underwent another test on Thursday, October 15, 24 hours before flying out of Turkey, this time, one technical team member tested positive for the virus and was immediately isolated from the group, ruling him out of the trip to Ghana.”
“The GFA ensured all FIFA Covid-19 protocols were strictly adhered to throughout the National Team’s engagement and it is quite a concern that some members of the team have subsequently tested positive for the virus.”
The GFA further stated that it will “continue to monitor the situation and will provide all necessary support to the affected players while wishing them a speedy recovery.”
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