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Sports News of Thursday, 28 May 2020

Source: Nana Prempeh, Contributor

Teams must isolate and test players prior to league resumption - Godwin Attram

Former Ghana international, Godwin Attram Former Ghana international, Godwin Attram

Head coach and president of Attram De Visser Soccer Academy, Godwin Attram has cautioned all club owners across the country to quarantine their players, technical team and officials at least for ten days before the season returns from COVID-19 break.

The football administrator and a coach made it clear that the game is played with confidence so players can not perform to their peak if they should harbour the fear of COVID-19.

Talking to power fm 97.9 sports about possible come back for the Ghana Premier League, the Black Stars team B assistant gaffer suggested that as part of measures to stop the spread of deadly novel coronairus pandemic, all premier League clubs, division one teams and Women's League sides should endeavour to isolate themselves by doing from hotel or club house to training for at least ten days to prove to government and health authorities that football organizers are ready.

"I have been following media and stakeholders discussion which gave opinions like cancellation, continuation behind closed doors which are all good. But for me as a football person I do not support the idea to abridged the season especially facing deficit the previous year due to Anas expose".

The 1997 u-17 national team skipper added that German football has led the way for all other leagues in the globe to follow. Some of the precautionary measures taken by the Germans includes one team traveling with three buses to honour a game all by ensuring social distancing protocol, changing Jersey in each half of the match, no spectators, avoidance of contact during celebration of goals, exchange of pleasantries with referees before, during and after matches just to mention a few.

I know Ghana can not observe all these because of our economy and the market value of our football but we have to sacrifice by directing resources to isolation and testing just to meet basic safety protocols requirements outlined by local government authorities and World Health Organization (W.H.O) to fight the disease.

Godwin Attram remind his fellow football administrators that German government gave football authorities the green light to play Bundesliga because of convincing preventive health measures presented so Ghana Football can not be in hinterland.

The simplicitor concluded saying whilst waiting for government to lift banned on public gathering and sporting events we must also start thinking of coming out with irresistible proposal as to why we football people think it's safe to play football while fighting coronavirus.

Ghana premier League started very well with * bring back the love* slogan with all other teams honouring 15 games except Hearts, Kotoko, Inter Allies and King Faisal playing 14, and we must continue the trend of revival after number 12 video.