The Black Stars covid-19 cases reached six on Sunday after it became clear that Hoffenheim defender Kasim Adams has joined the growing number of players in the Ghana team that had contracted the virus.
We are informed that some of our Black Stars players have tested positive for Coronavirus following their involvement in Ghana’s friendly games against Mali (October 09) and Qatar (October 12).
Vitoria Guimaraes left-back Gideon Mensah, Spain base defender Joseph Aidoo and Besiktas Midfielder Bernard Mensah as well as Black Stars management committee member Jones Abu Alhassan were confirmed to have contracted the virus during the training camp in Turkey.
Crystal Palace and Ghana Black Stars star Jordan Ayew confirmed tested covid-19 yesterday on his Twitter page ghanasportspage.com reported yesterday.
The 27-year old confirmed testing positive for the virus on his social media handles and is currently receiving treatment.
Apart from the six players confirmed to have contracted the virus, Ekuban has been hospitalized in Turkey after showing strong symptoms of coronavirus with a very high temperature.
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 were 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.” According to GFA official website”.
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.