CAF MEDICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER, DR PRINCE PAMBO ON COVID-19 & SUGGESTING WHY GFA MUST CONSIDER A FRESH SEASON IN 2021 OR LATE DECEMBER 2020

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CAF MEDICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER, DR PRINCE PAMBO ON COVID-19 & SUGGESTING WHY GFA MUST CONSIDER A FRESH SEASON IN 2021 OR LATE DECEMBER 2020

For a pandemic of the magnitude of COVID-19, it takes a bit of to be able to say conditions for football are 100% safe.

Other countries are considering playing without fans. This is definitely not an option for Ghana since we do not have the structures.

Playing football behind closed doors or in EMPTY stadia is a form of punishment in Ghana. What is football without spectators??

So my conclusion was that, considering all the uncertainty around the game, our leaders should consider a plan B by looking ahead and planning for a fresh season in the coming year or the very latter parts of 2020.

If authorities are considering continuing a league anytime soon, these are the issues to consider

1. Screen every player, Technical team, administrators, support staff, media and fans before allowing them to come into a gathering. Possible? No.

2. Possibly vaccinate all the persons mentioned above. Possible? No. Because there’s no vaccine.

3. Do we know if any player or any football person has gotten or will get COVID-19?

4. Do we know if any player or officials including media, technical team, administrators, support staff has died or lost a relative or dependent due to COVID-19?

4. By the time COVID-19 will be over, would clubs still have the financial muscles to pay salaries, transport and hotel accommodations?

5. Would the FA be in the position to fully support the clubs already running dry, just after 2 months into COVID-19, which is definitely not going to vanish into thin air?

4. After such an anticipated loong break, would it be appropriate to rush players into active soccer? NO

5. Do we have the expertise to give the players that psychological support to return to play quality soccer?

6. Probably the wrong time to attract any sponsors globally.

Considering these few concerns stipulated above, my unsolicited position is to pray on our authorities to consider a plan B, a fresh season which can be very late December or early 2021 which gives us all ample time to nurse our wounds and to psychologically and medically prepare the players whilst club owners have enough time to mobilize money to pay salaries and support activities.