After the Coronavirus pandemic brought all sporting related activities to an abrupt halt, football activities are gradually returning back to normal.
Many leagues across the world were suspended by respective governments as part of measures to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
For about three months, football fanatics across the globe have been starved of the game as nations went through partial and total lockdowns in order to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Whereas some football administrations cancelled their seasons like French and Dutch leagues, a glimpse of hope was seen in mid May after German league resumed.
Other major European leagues such as the English Premier League, the Spanish Laliga, and the Italian Serie A are all slated to begin next month.
Hitting the streets of Accra to find out the general expectations of football fans as football gradually gathers momentum, ABC News discovered that enthusiasm is high.
As others expressed how they missed their main source of entertainment, a section of fans narrated how they have for a long time yearned to see their favourite teams and players get back into action.
“[Football] during the weekends use to give us a lot of excitement when you are not working on the weekends. It gives you that relaxation with your friends, the arguments and everything. I really miss that about football,” a gentleman told ABC News.
He indicated that the return of football “is going to calm a lot of tension amid this COVID-19. Football coming back is going to ease our minds and help us relax and enjoy the game together.”
A young lady who noted that she is a die-hard Chelsea fan could not hide how she misses wearing the jersey of her favourite team when they win. She, therefore, noted that she can’t wait to see her team in action again.
“I have been watching them a lot so I like them. They should come back. I want Chelsea to win,” she expressed with a smile.
To some, the absence of football took a heavy toll on their income. These persons explained that the suspension of football automatically suspended betting hence cutting a source of their income.
One patron of sports betting noted that with the resumption of football ” I am going to continue like I use to and expect to win.”
Meanwhile, others expressed their disappointment about football management locally.
Some fans ABC News interacted with noted that football administrators in the country should take the opportunity when the game returns locally to better the standard of the national league.
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