Handlers of the men and women U-17 and U-20 national teams are today 12th August 2020 going through training organised by members of government’s COVID-19 advisory team ahead of camping for their various World Cup qualifiers.
The workshop which is being organised for team doctors, physiotherapists, essential service providers and welfare officers of 4 national teams, namely Black Satellites (U-20), Starlets (U-17), Maidens (U-17, female) and Princesses (U-20, female) was revealed will be taking place yesterday by the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The three-hour program is led by the Chairman of the Risk Communication and Social Mobilization Committee for Ghana’s COVID-19 Response Team Dr Dacosta Aboagye and is expected to enlighten participants on issues related to the pandemic.
Areas that will be covered include case management, surveillance, risk communication and social mobilization with emphasis on adherence to the safety protocols, infection prevention and control, isolation, enforcement, monitoring and evaluation.
Three national teams had to break camp in March 2020, following restrictions on contact sports as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Black Maidens have a World Cup qualifying game against Nigeria whilst the Princesses, prepare to take on Guinea-Bissau in a FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifier. The Black Starlets have been preparing for an upcoming WAFU Championship slated for Benin in September.
The FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup to be hosted by Costa Rica will now come off from 20th January to 6th February 2021. FIFA has also announced that the U-17 Women’s World Cup, with India as hosts, is expected to come off from 17th February to 7th March 2021.
The National COVID-19 response team have been busy getting various sports ready to handle the situation, also holding a workshop back in July at the Accra Sports Stadium to train the National Sports Authority’s (NSA) COVID-19 taskforce on how to prevent the spread of the pandemic in all sporting facilities.
Acting PRO for the NSA, Charles Amofa, revealed that it would not be the last workshop we would be seeing as the authority plans to hold more of these in the future.
“It’s an ongoing project and we will be replicating it in other facilities i.e. Kumasi, Essipong, Tamale and Cape Coast” he stated.
“This will not be the first and the last workshop or training of this kind they [National COVID19 response team] will be here in the near future to see whether we are going by what they taught us.”