Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released guidelines that must be followed by Member Associations for resumption of football on the continent.
The guidelines have been put together by CAF Medical Committee in collaboration with the Technical & Development Department and a team of experts as the continent seek to prevent the widespread of Covid19.
The guidelines have been together in a 27-page document, and emphasises on the health of the major stakeholders (Players, Officials, Fans, Partners).
The plan also highlights on effective and continuous medical assessment (testing) of players and officials, guidelines for training sessions, disinfection of sporting facilities, as well as strict adherence to the global preventive protocols.
“This comprehensive document is major step towards resuming football on the continent. Based on recent developments, it is important we have a plan in place to guide our stakeholders on the return of continental and domestic competitions, and the need for an all hands on deck approach.
“Many considerations were factored into the putting together of the document by our team of experts notably the specificities of the continent. Together with strategies established by local authorities, it provides the MA’s with adequate information to resume operations upon receiving the green light,” said CAF Acting General Secretary Abdelmounaim Bah.
Some of the guidelines include;
- Ensure the availability of hydro-alcoholic gels and hygienic equipment on all sites
- Ensure that medical staff check the temperature of competitors
- Close doors match
- No children to accompany the players
- Prohibition of handshakes or hugs to celebrate goals
- Balls disinfected
- Ban exchange of shirts
- No press conferences, discourage spitting of players on the pitch