Professor Peter Twumasi, Director General of the National Sports Authority

Government is to absolve the cost of Covid-19 testing on Ghanaian footballers when the football league resumes next month.

The move is to help ease the financial burden on the clubs and to also ensure that all architects of the game are kept safe from the virus.

President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo in his 17th Covid-19 update last Sunday lifted the ban on contact sports, paving way for the resumption of competitive football activities in Ghana.

Director of the National Sports Authority, Professor Peter Twumasi revealed in an interview with Luv FM that, the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Sports has agreed to bear the cost of the Covid-19 testing of all players, technical handlers and management members before the season gets underway.

“Just yesterday I met with all the federation heads on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and Sports including football. One of the constraints they shared with us was the testing of athletes and players before they enter the games. They therefore made a request to government to absolve the cost involved in the testing and my minister has accepted it and at the appropriate time he’ll put it out”.

Football matches have been suspended since March 16, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to the cancellation of the 2019/2020 season.

The NSA boss says his outfit is putting measures in place at the various stadia to ensure that all Covid 19 protocols are adhered to during the competition.

“There are a lot of things that we are going to do going forward. All the stadiums will be equipped with all that is required for the observance of the protocols for the Covid so the public should be assured of their safety”.