With the future of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League looking gloomy due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Ghana, the debate in the West African country has to do with whether the topflight should continue or not.
The rapid spreading virus has come with it's own economic ramification globally, as more than 10 million people are reported to have lost their jobs across the world.
According to the Guardian,"more than 6.65 million people filed for unemployment benefits in the US" alone.
The story is not different here in Ghana with many employees asked to stay home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, players are expected to take pay cuts and even the President of the country has forfeited three months of his pay to help combat the virus.
Ghana is fast recording increasing number of cases, leading to the halting of the Ghana Premier League.
Despite the economic and health implications brought to us by the coronavirus, three clubs will benefit should the league be truncated.
Rooted at the bottom of the league after the first round. King Faisal had only accumulated 6 points from 14 games and conceded 29 goals. This should be a relief for the Kumasi based outfit because it was obvious they were not prepared for the 2019/20 season.
King Faisal were allowed into the league after long standing battle with the GFA following a decision at congress before the FA elections.
Financially the club has struggled to keep up with the expenses of playing in the topflight. Bankroller, Alhaji Grusah once confessed the club made just GHC 6 after a match day.
"We are appealing to them to come and we are appealing to the Asanteman to come and watch King Faisal, not Kotoko alone. Because we played a match here and after the deductions were made we got 6 cedis and we don't expect that to happen again," he said.
Should the Ghana Premier League be truncated, this will be the perfect time for the In Sha Allah boys to restructure.
Another club hit hard ahead of the start of the campaign, losing Bankroller Senator David Brigidi and having to undergo changes in management has affected Karela United. Their favourite Crosby Awuah Park had to undergo renovations, therefore they had to play at a makeshift home (The Akoon Park).
The stakes were high going into the season especially after a very good NC Special competition, finishing as runners up but the reverse happened.
The club could benefit should the league be truncated especially with the management they have. Chief Executive Officer Elloeny Amande is revered for his marketing expertise and so this should be the appropriate time to lift the image of the club again.
Hearts of Oak
The Phobian have literally been impotent infront of goal this season. The Accra based club have scored only 15 goals in 14 games, four of those in their last game against Olympics, an average of 1.07 per game, totally unlike Hearts of Oak. A club that used to boost scorers like Ishmael Addo and Prince Tagoe.
There is a lot of pressure on the Phobians to win the league, but with 14 games played, the 9th, seven points behind leaders Aduana Stars. Fans of the club want nothing but the title, but with the performances churned up in the current season, it doesn't look like the Phobians will win the league.
A cancellation of the league will mean, the club gets the opportunity to sign potent striker, the pressure is lifted off coach Edward Nii Odoom, who given the benefit of the doubt did not start the campaign with the team despite playing an assistant coaches role.