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GHALCA boss Kudjoe Fianoo insists clubs can't afford coronavirus test

Published on: 23 June 2020

Ghana League Clubs Association chief Kudjoe Fianoo says clubs can't afford the mandatory coronavirus test amid pressure to restart football. 

The Ghana FA is pushing government in a bid to outline plans for the restart of the suspended season.

However, there could be a major stumbling block with the cost of coronavirus test a huge headache.

The cost estimated to be $3,000 per club and per week appears very frightening.

Clubs in the second-tier are even poorer and will not be able to afford the cost of testing.

It's feared if the clubs fail to pay for the players' test, the FA may be forced to completely cancel the season.

And GHALCA chairamn Kudjoe Fianoo has revealed its will be impossible for clubs to undergo the Covid-19 test.

“Our major source of revenue is playing at home. Clubs will suffer if we decide to play matches behind closed doors because there is no [headline] sponsorship for our league,” Fianoo told OTEC FM.

“We had a meeting with the GFA to see how we will go about it.

“Which team in Ghana will get that $80 – $100 [€71 – €89] to test a player every time like the Europeans are doing?

“We shouldn’t compare ourselves to the Europeans because we are a third world country; not like they who are advanced and have more advantages than we do.”

If a full football squad and their extended staff runs to a provisional number of around 45 people, that would mean a cost of around $4,500

The circumstances are likely to see clubs seek to reduce numbers, and that could lead to highly calculated decisions about who is involved, and integral to running teams.

While Premier League like Kotoko, Hearts, Medeama, Legon Cities, Aduana Stars, Inter Allies and Ashantigold may be able to afford,  it will  create some hard decisions for clubs lower down the pyramid,  and certainly put the resumption of football at risk.

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