It’s not safe to return football immediately- Coach J.E Sarpong


Veteran Ghanaian  Coach J.E Sarpong says it will be risky to return football immediately amidst the global pandemic.

According to the Ex-Hearts and Kotoko Gaffer, Government and GFA should do proper consultation before they can bring back the game.

“I am certain that the government is in constant consultation with the FA to plan towards the return of football activities in Ghana, hence the need for all stakeholders to strictly abide by the COVID-19 safety protocols to speed up the process of normalising football activities in Ghana,” Coach Sarpong told Graphic Sports Online.

“Honestly, I don’t think it is advisable to play football in this country now in the midst of the pandemic.”

“The government has reiterated its stand on this issue. Even for the easing of the restrictions, football was not added.

Football activities will return, but stringent measures need to be put in place as we see in the European leagues,” the former Great Olympics coach observed.

He added “Returning football activities in Ghana also implies that club administrators and players should be prepared to play in empty stadiums as is happening in Europe”.

“Playing behind closed doors will be the ideal thing for now. Although it will be unpleasant and not motivating enough for players, it has to be observed as part of the safety protocols,” he insisted.

There has been no football in the country since the suspension of sporting activities in March amid the Covid-19.


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