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Sports News of Thursday, 7 May 2020

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

Can Ghana follow Germany’s plan to resume football activities?

The Ghana Football Association has over the last couple of days been engaging various stakeholders about the state of the football calendar and whether or not it should cancel it.

As you may know, the rapid spread of the coronavirus pandemic has ensured that sporting activities the world over have either been suspended or cancelled.

As we speak it is still unclear when the pandemic will subside for life as we know it to resume.

However, Germany seems to have made giant strides, announcing that it will resume its football season later this month.

It will become the first major league in Europe to return to competition, and clubs have been told by the German Football League (DFL) that it wants to restart on 15 May.

All matches will be played behind closed doors.

With nine games remaining, Bayern Munich are top of the table, four points above Borussia Dortmund.

The start date will be confirmed later today after the 36 clubs and the DFL have met via video link.

This week, Ghana’s Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah admonished the football fraternity to come up with a comprehensive plan of how they think it will be safe to resume football activities and present it to the government for deliberations.

Speaking to Atinka TV, he said: "Don't be angry, we are talking about people's safety here, protecting lives is at stake, so there should be no reason to be angry."

"The football people should take their time and make a good representation of how they can play football again whiles they can still protect people, don't be angry." He added.

He asked them to emulate the steps taken by the Ghana Golf Association to negotiate for the lifting of the ban.

"When you do that government will have a discussion on it. For instance, the Golf Association has brought their presentation urging the government to open the various golf parks for them and even gave measures they have put in place to allow them to play their game amid COVID-19."

"So this is not the time for GFA to be angry but rather should follow the same step,"

It is yet to be known if the GFA will take up that challenge or not. However, here’s how Germany will try and stay within the coronavirus health protocols when its football season resumes next week.

Watch the video below

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