March 4, 2021

COVID-19: End the subculture of handshakes because COVID is real – Ex-Ghana FA vice President to Match Commissioners

Former Ghana Football Association Vice President George Afriyie has called for an end to the Ghanaian football subculture of match commissioners handshaking players who win the Most Valuable Player award.

The former AFCON Marketing Committee member has reacted to a photo of Match Commissioner Frank Nimo handshaking a player of Okyeman Planners FC Seth Kumah who won the Most Valuable Player award in a Division One League Zone III game which ended 2-1 in favour of Planners.

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Players who win the MVP award in the Ghanaian second-tier league earn nothing for their performance apart from a mere handshake and with the COVID-19 pandemic spreading like wildfire the subculture of handshaking has come under heavily criticism.

People, who go into the stadium, are advised to practice social distance while observing all the COVID-19 protocols.

Players and match officials are the main actors of the game and are expected to be an example to people who come to the stadium to watch the beautiful game which has suffered from the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This [handshake] for MVP at this time of [COVID-19] must stop. Take sickness as reward di33 Aden,” he posted on his Facebook timeline.

Afriyie is the President of Ghanaian second-tier side Okyeman Planners Football Club which competes in the Zone III of the Division One League.

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Source: Sports

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