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Ghana FA react to Black Stars coronavirus cases

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) have reacted to the increasing number of coronavirus cases among Ghanaian players.

The Black Stars were involved in friendly games against Mali and Qatar, and so far three players have tested positive upon arrival to their respective clubs.

The players are Gideon Mensah, Bernard Mensah and Jordan Ayew. On Sunday, the GFA released a statement outlining how protocols were observed throughout during their stay Turkey.

Read full statement below:

“We are informed that some of our Black Stars players have tested positive for Corona virus following their involvement in Ghana’s friendly games against Mali (October 09) and Qatar (October 12).

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) contingent adhered to all the strict COVID-19 protocols, before, during and after our stay in Turkey. A minimum of three tests were conducted on players, technical and management team members during the training camp in Antalya.

The first test was conducted 24 hours prior to the game against Mali where one team official tested positive for the virus and was immediately isolated from the group. With just about an hour to the start of the game against Mali, the Ghana team Doctors, together with Turkish Health officials conducted another round of tests in the dressing rooms of both Ghana and Mali before kick-off.

The 3rd set of tests were carried out 24 hours before the second game against Qatar and again, no single positive case was recorded.

Furthermore, officials and management committee members of the National Team underwent another test on Thursday, October 15, 24 hours before flying out of Turkey, this time, one technical team member tested positive for the virus and was immediately isolated from the group, ruling him out of the trip to Ghana.

The GFA ensured all FIFA Covid-19 protocols were strictly adhered to throughout the National Team’s engagement and it is quite a concern that some members of the team have subsequently tested positive for the virus.

The GFA will continue to monitor the situation and will provide all necessary support to the affected players while wishing them a speedy recovery.”