Kick-starting GPL in October ‘impossible’ – GFA medical chief

Head of the Medical Committee for the Ghana Football Association, Dr. Adam Baba, has indicated that it is impossible to commence the Ghana Premier League in October.

This comes after the president announced in his 17th address on Sunday, September 20 to the nation on the measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.

The President, in an address stated that the restart date for the Ghana Premier League after months of suspension following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in the country is October 30.

According to the President, the decision was taken after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association.

“Fellow Ghanaians, with respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will restart on Friday, 30th October, with a full regime of testing of the players, technical and management staff,” He said.

In response, Dr. Baba, in an interview on Kumasi FM monitored by cast doubt on the October 30 restart date.

He believes that the return date does not give the various clubs in the country enough time to prepare after a long absence.

“It is impossible to start the league in October from my point of view. If the government said go ahead, you can start but we cannot start in October,” he said

”There’s no team that can tell you that it has started preparation. We need a minimum of four to six weeks for the clubs, they need to purchase new players and start pre-season training which cannot be done in three weeks.

“Practically, we give ourselves four to six weeks from the time we’ve been asked to start so the earliest we might start in November.”

Paa Kweku Eshun

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