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Feature: Hearts - Kotoko Clash Good For Supporters But COVID-19 Protocols Must Hold

Ghana Football will witness one of its finest fixture on Sunday when Accra Hearts of Oak welcome Asante Kotoko. The super clash is gathering momentum as both teams keep a close eye on the prize, that is, all points.

The fixture is taking place at a point where both teams jointly share the top spot. They are not ready to forgo the position, regardless. This has prompted some pundits to submit that the season will go down the wire. With 53 points apiece, the two most glamorous clubs are not removing their foot from the accelerator. Midweek fixtures are to serve as preparatory matches, where they will test their strength, in the midst of battling for all points. 

Ahead of the super clash, one issue that has dominated debate is whether to increase spectatorship or allowed the 25 percent quota remain same. 

The idea is palpably to allow more spectators catch a glimpse of their favorite players. The pedigree of the encounter makes massive case for numbers to attend. 

But for COVID-19, the idea to open up the numbers will have been sacrosanct.

As an enviable game that cannot be missed, the presence of more supporters has its extra role to play for both teams. 

The idea to increase the number may have to put on hold based on how dicey the situation has become. Various reports have emerged, in recent days, about the new wave that is likely to hit the world and this country at large. 

Even though the fixture could cushion the financial demands of Accra Hearts of Oak, that cannot be prioritized in this current dispensation. 

The number and protocols must be followed for future reference. 

With few matches to the completion of the season, the 25 percent quota could be increased for next season after a thorough review. 

There must not be any room for issues to be raised against local football. 

The idea to increase the number has received a quick reaction from prominent government official, Dr. Nsiah Asare.

“No decision has been taken to increase the attendance more than 25% at the stadium, government has given a directive so let’s all adhere to it. We have only 5 matches to go so why do we have to review and change it in between.

We are still going by the laid down protocols.

We got disturbed with what happened when Olympics played Hearts of Oak so with this in mind how do we increase the attendance to 50% or 60%. 

Ghana has only vaccinated 1.2 million people so we should not behave as if the virus is no more, it is still with us so the 25% who will get the chance to watch the match should religiously adhere to the protocols.” He told Oyerepa Sports. 

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