Decision To Play Matches Behind Closed Doors Is From CAF Not Gov’t – NSA Board Chairman Explains

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Board chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Honorable Kwadwo Baah Agyemang has cleared the air on the directives to play matches behind closed doors.

It would be recalled that His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo gave the greenlight for contact sports (football) to return after a seven-month coronavirus enforced break with 25 per cent of spectators allowed to watch games at match venues.

But the state made a u-turn on the decision prior to the start of the 2020/21 domestic season citing a their decision stems from a directive from the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF).

A stance which many in the football ecosystem have disagreed with. But bringing clarity to the matter, Hon. Kwadwo Baah, who is an avid fan of Asante Kotoko wished fans will be allowed however per CAF’s instructions it won’t be possible.

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“I am an Asante Kotoko SC fan and they need support to win. Left to me, we should have fans in the stadiums but the directives to play games behind closed doors is from CAF and not the government. The GFA knows this,” he told Accra-based Happy FM.

He continued: If CAF says we should open up for fans to attend matches, why not. We will allow it so the GFA should contact CAF.”

Despite the above instructions for games to be held behind closed doors, there have been pockets of fans trooping to match venues to throw their weight behind their clubs.

Meanwhile, Asante Kotoko will cross swords with FC Nouadhibou on Saturday at the Accra Sports stadium.

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