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Kotoko among five clubs to play without fans at stadiums despite partial reopening

Asante Kotoko is to be without fans in their stadium after failure to follow through with a directive from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) on training stewards ahead of plans to return fans to matchdays.

The refusal of the Porcupine Warriors to follow the directive is said to have incensed and caused quite a bit of disquiet among Security and Safety Officers of Premier League clubs.

Currently only Accra Hearts of Oak, Accra Great Olympics, Legon Cities, FC Berekum Chelsea, Elmina Sharks, Ashantigold SC, WAFA SC, Liberty Professionals FC, Dreams FC, Eleven Wonders, Medeama SC, Karela United and King Faisal FC have been given the green light by the GFA to admit fans into their stadiums.

Asante Kotoko, Bechem United, Aduana Stars, Ebusua Dwarfs and Inter Allies are the clubs name dropped by the GFA as having failed to follow its directive.

The directive is in line with the governments of Ghana’s push to limit the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring that despite fans return to stadiums, stewards can ensure that the required safety protocols outlined by the government are followed to the letter.

The Sports Ministry in a statement on Friday, announced the easing of restrictions on the ban of fans from stadiums saying: “The Ministry of Youth and Sports is delighted to announce that with immediate effect, approval is granted for football fans (25%) to return to the various League centers to watch both domestic and international competitions subject to observing all the national COVID-19 protocols and the GFA Matchday COVID-19 protocols.”

 

By Festus Oppong Kwabena Asante

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