Coronavirus: Ghana FA president Okraku sheds light on season cancellation decision 

Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kurt Okraku believes the outfit’s Executive Council prioritised the interest of the nation first in prematurely terminating the domestic football season because of the coronavirus pandemic.

After two months of a standstill owing to Covid-19, the football’s governing human anatomy permanently cancelled the 2019-20 term.

The men’s Premier League (GPL) and FA Cup competitions headline the competitions affected by the big call.

“We have 18 clubs in the Premier League with minimum players of 30 each, coaches, administrators, 48 clubs in the Division One, medical staff, Women’s Premier League. We also have Division Two, Three and juvenile football [clubs] at the regional level,” Okraku said as reported by Football Ghana.

“We are talking about a big chunk of men and women who wholly rely on football as a supply of living.

“We also serve as entertainment to people at the social aspect and folks also use our platforms as a source of living.

“So it’s a huge decision that we had to just take but we thought about Ghana first clearly, whiles we continue to engage our key stakeholder to make sure that we recreate football.”

Owing to Covid-19, football and all the contact sports remain suspended in Ghana until at the very least July 31 as part of measures to curb the spread of the illness.

Following the recent return of some national leagues in England, Spain, Germany and Italy, there had been demands Ghana to follow along with suit.

The rising number of coronavirus infection cases in the west African country, however, left concerns about the pursuit of football resumption.

At the time of temporary suspension, a total of six cases had been recorded.

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As at June 30 when the term was annulled, the west African nation had registered 17,1741 cases involving 113 deaths, 13,268 recoveries and 4,361 active cases.

Earlier last month, the GFA revealed it absolutely was engaging the Government of Ghana on the possible resumption of football under strictly safe protocols such as playing matches nowadays, having had a first request rejected.

The football’s governing human anatomy was hoping to follow the template of the likes of England, Spain, Germany and Italy, who resumed domestic football after the similar temporary suspension of their national leagues because of the pandemic.