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Sports News of Wednesday, 6 May 2020


Don't fight the govt on the ban on football - Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to football administrators

Minister of Information Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has pleaded with the football community to try and respect the government's decision to suspend football in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.

About two months ago, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo placed a ban on all social gatherings which includes stadiums to help prevent the further spread of the novel Coronavirus which has brought the entire world to a standstill.

This move by the government automatically halted the 2019/20 Ghana football season which was halfway into completion.

With some agitation from football administrators for the return of football due to their financial crisis, Hon Oppong Nkrumah has advised the GFA and other stakeholders to be patient and also present a good case for the government to lift the ban on football.

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."

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