Government approves La Liga clubs test players for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The Spanish Government has given the green light for professional athletes to be tested for coronavirus by their clubs from May 4, which may pave the way for the eventual return of La Liga.The National Sports Council (CSD) met with GTID, a task force for sports in the country, featuring La Liga, Barcelona, Real Madrid, the Spanish Footballers Association and the Spanish Olympic Committee among others, on Thursday. The CSD said the Spanish Ministry of Health has approved the protocol for Spanish football clubs to return for training, within the rules set by the government as the lockdown in Spain is relaxed from May 4.According to the CSD, that will see athletes being allowed to go back to the training ground however working individually, maintaining social distancing rules.“Regarding the diagnostic tests for the detection of COVID-19, the council has conveyed to those present that the medical services of the professional league clubs, and always speaking in the context of phase zero of the de-escalation plan, may carry them out in accordance with the ministerial order issued for this purpose by the Ministry of Health,” the CSD said in a statement.Spanish football has been put on hold indefinitely during the health crisis but La Liga president Javier Tebas is hopeful it will return, even as other countries, including France and the Netherlands, have cancelled their seasons in recent days.dpa/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19La LigaSpanish Governmentlast_img read more

Stars topple Zambia as Gyan, Boye tame Crocodiles

first_imgThe Black Stars of Ghana toppled the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the top of Group D with a hard fought 2-0 victory over the crocodiles of Lesotho in a world cup qualifier played in Masero.John Boye, against the run of play opened Ghana’s account with four minutes left in the first half with the Stars captain Asamoah Gyan continuing his impeccable goal harvest with the second goal in the second half.It was a must win match for the Stars who needed nothing less than victory to secure top spot in Group D after Zambia had carelessly dropped points at home to Sudan in a pulsating 1-1 drawn game.But the win was never going to come easy. The Crocodiles had been humiliated with a 7-0 annihilation in Kumasi by the Black Stars and revenge was on their minds.Even though qualification to the World Cup was beyond reach, the Crocodiles appeared set to spoil the party for the Black Stars and to avenge the defeat suffered months ago.The Crocodiles were ferocious in the first half with the Black Stars back peddling for most part. Goal Keeper Fatau Dauda came up with some superb saves to keep the Stars’ hopes alive.Just when the first half was inching to a close, John Boye scored Ghana’s opener in the 40th minute.The result appeared to have calmed the nerves of the Stars who needed to grind victory from the crucial game.The Crocodiles continued with their onslaught but the Stars defence were resolute.Sulley Ali Muntari was substituted for Agyemang Badu but the AC Milan star was apparently unhappy with the substitution and refused to sit on the bench. Gyan scored his 35th international goal for the Stars by scoring the second goal late in the second half.Two nil it ended in the game with the Stars sitting on top and needing just a draw in their home game against Zambia to book qualification into the next and final stage of the World Cup qualifiers.last_img read more