Elmina Sharks -bossClubs ready to play in empty stadiums

Author: Isaac Ashietey
General Manager of Elmina Sharks

The General Manager of Elmina Sharks George Wiredu says the Ghana Football Association (GFA) should not annul the 2019/ 2020 Ghana Premier League season but must do their best to put measures in place to safeguard clubs, match officials and fans before and after the game to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

In an interview, Mr Wiredu said that the elite league must continue to the end to get a credible winner for the season. He therefore appealed to the GFA not to truncate the season since it would negatively affect clubs who had invested resources to put their teams in good shape for the campaign.

“We are ready to play with or without fans at the stadium and  to comply with all health directives, including a compulsory testing policy for all clubs to have their players and technical staff tested for the coronavirus and be cleared by the GFA medical team'', he told the Graphic Sports.

With uncertainty around the return of football competitions and a debate over the safest possible environment for the game to take place, there have been calls for the entire season to be cancelled.

However, Mr Wiredu believes the FA should rather provide health and safety guidelines for the league to continue when the government lifts the ban on sporting activities.

He explained that it had been difficult for clubs to raise money to pay their players, hence the Sharks management had agreed with their players for a 50 per cent pay cut beginning April to ensure business continuity.

“It has not be easy for the club and we are trying our best to pay monthly salaries of our players even though we are not generating an income to fill the hole left behind,” Mr Wiredu added.

‘’We are looking at how to even pay salaries for May but because of effective communication, there hasn’t been discontent among the players.”