Vincent Enyeama has lauded the Nigerian Government for her effective coordination of the response to Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), on October 20, declared the end of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria after the most populous African nation had passed twice (42) the maximum incubation period for the causative virus without detection of further cases.
“I must commend the Nigerian government for the massive effort they put to eradicate it from the country and get an approval from the WHO,” said Super Eagles goalkeeper.
As at November 4, at least 4,960 people had been reported as having died from the Ebola virus disease, mainly in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
But the Confederation of African Football (Caf) are adamant that the dates for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) remain unchanged, despite its original host nation, Morocco, enforcing a “force majeure” over their agreed obligation because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak in the continent.
Morocco had requested for postponement of the biennial championship until 2016 but Caf thinks such decision could signal the death of the continent’s football body.
LOSC Lille goalkeeper, Enyeama, who recently opined that the tournament be postponed, maintained that if he had his way, Afcon 2015 will be moved to a later date because of the Ebola outbreak.
“If I were Caf, I will suspend the tournament because it is difficult to contain,” he said. “But if we qualified, I will play in the tournament.”
The Nigeria shot stopper also stated that his French Ligue 1 club monitors him for three weeks for Ebola Virus Disease whenever he returns from international duty since the outbreak.
“My club monitors me for three weeks any time I return from Nigeria because of Ebola and nobody wants to sit around you or shake you then,” he revealed.