Henry Asante Twum

Ghana Football Association (GFA) Communications Director, Henry Asante Twum insists they adhered to all necessary protocols and it’s unfortunate some Black Stars players and officials have tested positive for coronavirus after friendly games against Mali and Qatar.

According to him, accusations that GFA did not ensure the team’s safety in Turkey are not right and should be disregarded by the public because they did their best.

The Black Stars were in camp for not more than 10 days for the games in Antalya. Black Stars lost 3-0 to Mali before securing a resounding 5-1 victory against Asian champions, Qatar.

So far, seven players and two officials who were in the camp have contracted the virus after the games.

“It is unfortunate our players have contracted the virus,” Asante Twum told Asempa FM.

“We ensured that every player and management member followed the protocols before and after the games. There were automated hand sanitiser machines at the hotel the team was lodging in and the same at the stadia we used for the matches.

“Tests were conducted every day to ensure we were all safe but it is unfortunate this has happened.

“We did not force these players to come and play for the national team but once they came, you take their health into consideration. We wish them well because we will still need their services next month.

“This is a virus that can be in your system and you cannot determine it but I don’t think accusing the Ghana Football Association of failing to do the right thing is the right way.

“We did our best to ensure we all stayed safe but it did not happen.”

The players who have contracted the virus thus far are Jordan Ayew, Bernard Mensah, Gideon Mensah, Caleb Ekuban, Joseph Attamah Larweh and Kasim Nuhu. All seven are said to be responding well to treatment.