TSG 1899 Hoffenheim defender Kasim Nuhu became the fifth Black Stars player to contract coronavirus following last week’s international friendlies against Mali and Qatar with striker Caleb Ekuban reportedly being hospitalised over symptons of the disease.
With the sudden rise in the number of confirmed positive cases in the team, it is certain that players and officials of the team that travelled for the two matches will now face the real prospect of quarantining over the growing cases.
The Black Stars coronavirus cases hit five on Sunday after reports emerged that Hoffenheim defender Kasim Adams has joined the increasing number of players in the Ghana team who have tested positive of the virus.
Vitoria Guimaraes left-back Gideon Mensah, Spain-based defender Joseph Aidoo and Besiktas midfielder Bernard Mensah as well as Black Stars management committee member Jones Abu Alhassan were confirmed to have contracted the virus during the training camp in Turkey.
Apart from the five players confirmed to have contracted the virus, Ekuban has been hospitalised in Turkey after showing strong symptons of coronavirus with a very high temperature.
The 26-year-old was also the room-mate of Bernard Mensah during the Black Stars one-week training camp in the Turkish city of Antalya and the Besiktas midfielder has tested positive for the deadly disease.
However, the tests on Ekuban came out negative and doctors are not leaving anything to chance and have asked him to quarantine himself at home while he is monitored.
Fears over the Black Stars were raised when four players from the Mali side were confirmed to have contracted the virus and it was feared it could be spread to the Ghana national team when they played their West African rivals.
The full extent would be known this weekend when all players would have returned to their club sides where they are likely to face more stringent tests.
It will also give the Ghana FA the idea on how to prepare and protect its players and officials during their upcoming matches in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.