By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
Central Regional Football association Chairman Mr. Robert Oteiku Duncan visited the Hierarchy of the Regional Police command for a fruitful meeting on Wednesday June 24.
The Regional Police Commander COP/
Mr. Paul Manly Awini with his Second In Command, DCOP/Mrs. Habiba Twumasi Sarpong, Commander in charge of Operations DSP/Mr. Kingsley Arhin, the Regional crime officer C/Supt/Mr. Rubben Asiwoko and the staff officer ASP/Mr. Simon Boavo welcomed the Regional Football Association Chairman and some of his executive committee members including Mr. Haruna, Mr. Christian Mensah, Shaibu Issaka (Mfantseman FA chairman) and Mr. Asante Fokuo, regional communication team leader.
The RFA chairman used the opportunity to officially introduce himself to the Regional Police Commander and also ask for his support when football resumes in all the districts within the region.
The regional Police Commander on his part assured the association their readiness to provide security at league venues when football resumes.
“The visit by the RFA chairman is in the right direction. Security is central in football especially this time that we have this Covid-19 challenge.
There will be a need to enforce certain protocols during matches and others so the visit has afforded us the opportunity to strategize to see how best we can secure all our football matches throughout the region and also to ensure that the Covid-19 protocols that would be put in place will be enforced by our personnel to make sure that all actors in the football game will enjoy it and at the end of the day, none of them will get the disease. So I will say the meeting was a very fruitful one.” Regional Police Commander opined
He further stated that his men are ready to provide security when football resumes in this era of Covid-19 but the decision to resume the league depends on GFA.
“I am very much aware that of course security is not the only factor in determining when to resume the football but I will say from the security point of view, we are ready to provide protection and to ensure enforcement of the Covid-19 protocols when the game of football resumes in the region and in the country but as to whether the league should resume, we leave it to the FA because they have very wide view of all the factors that are at stake in determining when to resume so we want them to look at it holistically and as and when they think that it is fit to resume the game, we will be there to support as far as security is concern” he added.
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