Ghana President H.E. Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo-Addo has activated Phase 2 of easing COVID-19 imposed restrictions, paving way for football to partially resume.
In his 14th address delivered to the nation via various media platforms, President Akuffo-Addo highlighted the need to gradually phase out the restrictions with eyes firmly fixed on the COVID-19 situation of the country.
In his address, the president mentioned that as part of the activation of Phase 2 of easing the restrictions, the national female U-20 and U-17 sides can enter into camping at their respective venues with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety/health protocols.
“Our female Under-20 and Under-17 national football teams have been given the clearance to go into their respective training camps to begin preparations towards their FIFA and CAF-sanctioned international matches, which begin in September,” president Akuffo-Addo said.
“Whilst in training, the playing, technical and management teams must observe strictly all the protocols issued by Government, CAF and FIFA against COVID-19. All other team and contact sports, and competitive sporting events remain suspended till further notice,” he concluded.
The news will serve a bitter-sweet moment for football stakeholders and aficionados who were highly expectant that there was going to be a full easing of restrictions.
The President in March this year slapped a ban on all forms of social/public gatherings in a bid to curb the Coronavirus spread in the country.
The long halt of all football activities eventually led the Ghana FA to cancel the 2019-20 football season after hopes of having the restrictions eased, were dashed in subsequent addresses by the president.
With the Ghana FA eyeing the start of the new season in October; clubs, players and all other stakeholders were looking forward to the easing of restrictions to allow for football activities to resume.
The development now will serve a bitter-sweet moment for football lovers with the game not fully allow to resume.
The president is set to deliver another address on July 31 and football stakeholders will hope for more positive news.