Ghana Football Association

“We Adhered To All Safety Protocols”- GFA On COVID19 Cases After Friendlies


The Ghana Football Association has mounted a strong defense in the ongoing surge of the Corona Virus cases that have rocked the Black Stars team after their two international friendly matches against Mali and Qatar.

So far, seven (7) Black Stars players and a management member have all tested positive for the virus since their return from Turkey.

Jordan Ayew, Gideon Mensah, Joseph Attamah Larweh, Bernard Mensah, Joseph Aidoo, Kassim Adams, and Caleb Ekuban have all tested positive for the virus upon their return from international duty with Ghana.

Black Stars Management Committee member Jones Abu Alhassan who was part of the delegation has also tested positive for the Virus.

And this according to FA is rather unfortunate as they adhered strictly to all safety protocols before, during, and indeed after the two games, adding that they took three separate tests throughout their stay in Turkey.

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 was conducted on players, technical, and management team members during the training camp in Antalya.

The first test was conducted 24Hrs 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 24Hrs 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, 24Hrs 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.


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