By Ransford Maclean
The Western Area Football Association (WAFA) secretariat staff has raised serious concern on the ban placed on all sporting activities till further notice by the Ministry of Sports in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to AYV sports on behalf of the Western Area Football Association members was Benjamin Gordon the General Secretary of the association. He cited that the government should have considered that athletes need to be going ahead with their daily training but that some athletic clubs don’t have more than one hundred people to attract a large crowd although the government is pointing out that the ban is a way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Gordon suggested that the Ministry of Sports should have held a consultative meeting with key partners in the game as a way of guiding or seeking the interest of the athletes who are the ones greatly affected if athletics is banned. He made reference to what happened to the players during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone; adding that the players where greatly affected, and some chose jobs just to survive. However, some followers have the same views regarding the stance of the Ministry of Sports banning all sporting activities till further notice. Amongst those pundits who said likewise to what Mr. Benjamin Gorgon mentioned was Mohamed Benson Bawoh who said the Sports Ministry should have reconsidered their decision instead of banning all sporting activities and that it could have suspended it instead. A popular football fan Mohamed Bangura said to AYV that it is good for the ministry to take this step in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus but that, they as fans are really missing the action in the pitch and hope the ban will soon be lifted.