Super Eagles of Nigeria first choice goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama has urged the Confederation of African Football, CAF to call off the 2015 African Cup of Nations, AFCON over the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease.
The former Enyimba International of Aba goalkeeper said the reason for him calling for the cancellation of the tournament is to avoid it from spreading to other countries yet to be affected.
The 32-year-old expressed fear that the Ebola virus, which has killed about 5 000 people could spread even further should the tournament go ahead considering that “people will be moving around.”
He believes it is “risky” for the AFCON to hold under the current circumstance of the spread of the disease especially as it will put everyone at risk there will be contact through “hugging and shaking” of hands.
The former Hapoel Tel Aviv goalkeeper stressed that he would participate in the tournament if the Eagles eventually qualify despite the threat of the Ebola virus.
“I really wish it doesn’t happen with all the people that will be moving around. But I’m not CAF, I’m not the one who calls the shots, it’s risky for everyone because you go to Africa and then everyone is hugging you and shaking you, and what can you do? You’re at risk. But if it happens I will play, if we qualify,” said Enyeama in Friday’s Daily Mail edition after his club’s 0-0 draw against Everton in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match.