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Ghana players in danger of Ebola disease over AFCON qualifying clash with Guinea

Published on: 07 August 2014
Black Stars will take on Guinea in the AFCON qualifiers

Ghana's top players are in danger of catching the deadly Ebola virus when they play Guinea in two matches in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in two months' time.

Black Stars top players like Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Ayew of Marsielle and Asamoah Gyan could be forced by their clubs to pull out of the two matches between the two countries in October because Guinea is among the key countries noted for Ebola presence.

The Ghana Football Association must now contact CAF to complain about the possibility of the dangerous disease affecting it players which could force the game to be moved to a neutral venue.

However, the West African country will still be in danger of being hit by the dangerous disease when players and officials the Sylli National travel to Accra for the return-leg if they are infected by the contagious disease.

Ghana's health authorities can now consider refusing to grant Guinea entry to their country because of the disease.

Ebola has spread rapidly in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, killing nearly 900 people. Cases have also been reported in Nigeria.

Ghana will play Guinea in October in two qualifying matches but the confirmed and growing number of Ebola cases in the country must force the GFA to file a complaint with CAF.

This has resulted in Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) suspending all football matches in the country until further notice because of the Ebola outbreak.

Sierra Leone's national team is due to play in the final round of qualifying for next year's Cup of Nations from Sept. 5.

It is scheduled to play its first home game in the qualifiers against Congo on Sept. 10.

As a result, Sierra Leone's participation in the group stage of qualification for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations has been placed in doubt.

They are set to host DR Congo on 10 September but that game cannot go ahead unless the ban is lifted.

There are also doubts over whether the team could play its away fixtures.

The Leone Stars made it through the last round after Seychelles forfeited the second leg of their tie on advice of its health ministry.

Seychelles immigration officials prevented the Sierra Leone team from boarding a plane heading to the country from Kenya's Nairobi Airport over fears that the Ebola virus could potentially be spread to the island.

It is uncertain whether other nations may follow suit and refuse to grant Sierra Leone entry to their country - or if they may opt not to play in Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone authorities ordered people to stay at home on Monday to try and halt the spread of the disease. Liberia had already canceled all football activity because of Ebola, which has no vaccine and an 80 percent fatality rate in this outbreak, the worst ever recorded.

Guinea and Nigeria are also set to play in the final qualifying round for next year's African Cup in Morocco. Liberia has been eliminated.

Do you think Ghana should play Guinea? Should Ghana allow the Guineans into the country? Should Ghana ask CAF to remove Guinea from the qualifiers? Make all your views known in the box below:


This article has 15 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwodwo says:
    August 07, 2014 11:09 am
    You guys don't pay attention to this Mumbi guy. All of you can tell how he wish he was Ghanaian.. Anyways I think countries infected should be disqualified
  • banger says:
    August 07, 2014 10:59 am
  • selfmade says:
    August 07, 2014 02:01 pm
    Whenever, any disease pop up in the world,uncle sam, ll stand up boldly and start pointing accusing fingers on Africans! What a hell! Ebola, has been with man from time immemorial and noone pointed fingers on africans till it became deadly! The WHO,CDC etc are just bunch of western jokers! Now, Ebola has been associated with Africans eating monkeys, apes and bush meat and the Blackman as usual has fallen for it! Where are their scientific research to support and prove this silly theories? Where are their references to support their theories that eating bush meat lead to Ebola or where did it happen that African consumed monkey and apes! This is a typical case of stereotyping Africans! When HIV emerged in San Francisco around the 80, they came with the same bullshit of Africans eating apes and monkeys and the question is this, how did a virus survive the extreme heat! Just as HIV is a lie, Ebola virus is not cause by bush meat or for that matter any African eating apes and monkeys!! Bloody lies! They say all these things just for the world to scorn us!
  • don Sharp says:
    August 07, 2014 03:40 pm
    Diz mumbi guy kraaa, he is only hear to cause us. pls,lovely people don't mind him. He just wish, He is a ghanaian.
  • Mumbi says:
    August 07, 2014 12:23 pm
    UGANDA should be handed a direct qualification to 2015 Morroco afcon finals without playing in qualifiers due to Ebola in Ghana, Guinea & Togo. CAF should also consider Mauritania in place of All Uganda opponents. This is all in the human spirit of disqualifying Ebola countries.
  • Troare says:
    August 07, 2014 05:40 am
    Ghana should go ahead and play Guinea....who has told GFA that Guinea national team is sick??? No lazy excuses pliz.
  • fish says:
    August 07, 2014 05:13 am
    We think Ghana should play Guinea and allow their players with Ebola to infect Nyantaktie,Saanie Diarra and those stupid and hungry journalists at GSN.What a stupid question!!!.
  • Emmaxy says:
    August 07, 2014 09:05 am
    U r very much SICK in the head with full of shit in ur tommy mubi or whatever the f**k ur Asshole mama gave u! Why are u so much jealous of Ghana and its ppl? No matter how bad Ghana is u stupid country can never be like us so shut the hell up!!
  • Emmaxy says:
    August 07, 2014 09:07 am
    All the countries that are infected must be disqualified period!
  • Mumbi says:
    August 07, 2014 08:21 am
    Ebola started from Ghana due to dirty people and their enviroment then its now spreading all over waste africa. By October 2014, 95% Ghanaians will contract it since Ghana has remained idol and pretending as if the pandemic is not affecting them. Only 5% ghanaians in asylum will survive, mark my words!!!!!!
  • lalasu says:
    August 07, 2014 08:51 am
    its better for both matches to played on neutral grounds cos if Ghana go to Guinea, they can be infected n if Guinea come to Ghana, they can infect us n even with the neutral grounds, the country to host the two countries can refuse permission cos of Guinea. So its really a serious issue we have at hand
  • Troy says:
    August 07, 2014 09:12 am
    They must be disqualified Period. I agree with you @Emma
  • boys r bre says:
    August 07, 2014 10:01 am
    @mumbi,u 'll be de first ghanaian to get de ebola virus n die with it alone!
  • extro says:
    August 07, 2014 10:11 am
    caf shd disqualified all those country's that are effected with the ebola virus most esp the so called guinea.
  • Samedge says:
    August 07, 2014 09:27 am
    Yes yes yes mumbi, the Ebola disease was discovered from ur mother's vagina as she allowed monkeys, apes, chipopotamus to **** her stinking vagina for 10 years b4 she travelled to Liberia to ligalized her profession(prostitution) where men in Liberia enjoyed her without knowing they were rather enjoying infested vagina .