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Ghana Premier League teams record 56 cases of coronavirus

Accra Hearts of Oak SC
Accra Hearts of Oak SC

Ghanaian giants Accra Hearts of Oak has recorded the highest number of Coronavirus positive cases after the first round of tests ahead of the new season.

Thirty-six players out of thirty-eight tested positive forcing their opening day game against Aduana Stars to be postponed.

Sixteen premier league clubs have undergone the COVID-19 testing and following the initial tests, Elmina Sharks who played a friendly game with the Phobians have ten of their players also testing positive.

The number of positive tests won’t deter the start of the league, but it is likely Elmina Shark’s game against Ebusua Dwarfs will also be postponed.

All positive tests are self-isolating.

Meanwhile, the results of the test carried on Ashantigold and Aduana Stars players are still pending and Bechem United and Eleven Wonders are yet to undergo tests.

Below is a breakdown of the COVID-19 cases in the GPL:

Hearts of Oak have 34 positive cases

Elmina Sharks have 10 cases

Dreams FC have 6 positive cases

Karela United have 2 positive cases

Legon Cities 1 positive case

Great Olympics 1 positive case

Medeama has 1 case

The rest of the clubs including Kotoko have not recorded any positive case yet.


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Government lifts restrictions on football

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has lifted the restrictions on football to allow fans to the stadium to watch the Ghana leagues with a capacity of 25 per cent.

It is recalled that, On Sunday, September 20, 2020 in his Update No. 17 on measures taken by Government to combat the spread of Coronavirus, the President announced the easing of restrictions on football stating that “With respect to football, after due consultations with the Ghana Football Association, it has been decided that the Ghana Premier League and the Division One Football League will restart on Friday, 30th October, with a full regime of
testing of the players, technical and management staff.

“No spectators will be allowed at the training centres, and, when actual competition resumes, seating at all stadia will be limited to twenty-five percent (25%) capacity to ensure social distancing. Wearing of masks by spectators at stadia will be mandatory.”

However, before November 2020, there was a spike in the country’s Coronavirus cases which necessitated the issuance of an administrative directive from the Ministry of Youth and Sports that the 25 per cent seating capacity announced earlier should be put on hold and that football matches should be played behind closed doors.

This administrative directive according to the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in consonance with the President’s desire to protect lives and livelihoods.

Ghana has made significant progress in combating the disease of late.

With this, Government has therefore eased the restriction of playing behind closed doors, with seating at all stadia limited to 25 per cent capacity as previously announced by the President.

It noted that all existing safety and hygiene protocols will still be in force.

It added that the Inter Ministerial Taskforce will continue to monitor the evolving Covid-19 situation and will advise when more spectators will be allowed to all stadia in the country.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports expressed gratitude to all stakeholders, particularly the Ghana Football Association for their cooperation.


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NPP will work with the NDC to reflect the interest of Ghanaians

Mr.John Boadu, GS-NPP

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) is ready to work with the National Democratic Congress (NDC) as the minority in the 2021 House of Parliament to reflect the ‘skirt and blouse’ verdict of the people.

Mr John Boadu, the General Secretary of the NPP, stated this at a news conference in Accra on Tuesday and said the close parliamentary results indicated that Ghanaians wanted the two parties to work together.

“We will, therefore, work with the minority to reflect the interest of the people. But going forward, we will know our mistakes and what went wrong to correct them,” he said.

Mr Boadu said the NPP won in the Presidential in many constituencies but lost to the NDC in the parliamentary, a situation that called for the NPP to sit-up in the next tenure of administration.

He bemoaned the resistance by the NDC to file their grievances over the 2020 general election in court, if they disagreed with the verdict, and advised them to stop calling for attention on the street.

The General Secretary said the pink sheets were the platform where the fate of victors and vanquished were decided, hence, the victory of the Party reflected the desire of Ghanaians to have the Akufo-Addo-led administration to govern the nation for the second term.

“We, the NPPs have set up a transitional team as demanded by the Constitution to work for the nation and we shall not be distracted by anyone,” he stated.

Source :GNA

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UEFA Championships League round of 16 draw results

Last week saw the final round of group stage matches being played in the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Champions League.

Fans of one of the biggest football competitions in the world can now decide which match they would be watching in the next stage of the competition.

All of the matches for the first leg of the Round of 16 would be played at the same time on the 16th of February in 2021 at 22:00 in the evening.

This year’s UEFA group stage round saw a few new teams making an appearance and also teams dropping out of the competition.

There were some upsets and most notably was the relegation of Manchester United to the Europa League. 16 Teams have now progressed to the last round of 16.

The draw to see which teams would be competing against each other was done at the UEFA Headquarter in Nyon, Switzerland earlier today.

Group stage winners were seeded and the runners up in the group stages were unseeded. All of the seeded teams will play away for the first leg of the round of 16.

Group stage winners Real Madrid would be playing away at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia the home stadium of the Atalanta for their first leg of the round.

Liverpool finished off as the group leader in group D, the team would be traveling to Germany to play against the RB Leipzig in their first encounter.

Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán is the ground of Sevilla and the Spanish would be hosting the German team of Dortmund. Unseeded Athletico Madrid would be hosting the winner of Group E, Chelsea.

Mönchengladbach made a great comeback to Champions League this year and made it through to the final round of 16.

The German team would be hosting Manchester City in their first clash in the tournament. Italian team Lazio will be hosting Bayern at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Lazio would have to prepare for this game as they take on one of the favourite teams to win the competition.

Portuguese giants Porto FC is scheduled to host the Italian giants Juventus at Estádio do Dragão. One of the most talked-about upcoming clashes in the final round of 16 is the match between Barcelona and PSG.

This is a match between the two strikers, as Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar will be facing his old teammate Lionel Messi. Betway has all of the odds on the upcoming Uefa Champions League matches as well as odds of football games from around the world


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