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Ghana Premier League cancellation decision reasonable- Hearts of Oak M.D

Managing Director of Accra Hearts of Oak S.C, Frederick Moore has said the decision by the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association to cancel the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League is a no-brainer.

Speaking to Juliet Bawuah on News 360 on TV3, Mr. Moore said given everything happening around the Coronavirus pandemic, it was the most practical decision to take, adding the club has no issue with the outcome.

“We are into football and would have preferred playing football but if the EXCO makes that decision that it’s been cancelled, we respect that.

“With everything that is going on, it is probably the best decision.”

Touching on the impact of the cancellation, he said all clubs will bear the brunt one way or the other but Hearts’ sheer size means they have a huge task to surmount.

“Because we are bigger, the impact is felt much more larger than a smaller club. We have been planning and managing our affairs within a revised budget we set for ourselves. We’ve got other things we are looking at doing.”

“We are constantly reviewing our expenditure. It doesn’t matter how big your revenue is, if your expenditure is bigger than your revenue, you’ve got a problem. At this point when we are not getting a third of our money from gate proceeds, our job is to make sure we can tap into other revenue sources, and that is why we’ve been working with our strategic partners.” he concluded.

In a meeting held Tuesday, June 30, the Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association cancelled the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League season.

Despite incessant pressure in the lead-up to the decision, the GFA maintained that it was only going to communicate its resolution on the last day of the month.

The cancellation now paves way for clubs to plan ahead of the next one.

Source: Juliet Bawuah, Contributor

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