Super Eagles goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has urged Confederation of African Football to cancel the Morocco 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to the threat of the deadly Ebola epidemic spreading.
Morocco had asked CAF to shift the tournament scheduled to be played in the Northern African country between January 17 and February due to fear of Ebola, which has claimed many lives in West Africa, but the continental body is insistent on going ahead with the biennial event.
CAF has already approached seven countries, including South Africa and Ghana to host the championship should Morocco withdraw, but none has agreed so far. However, Moroccan officials are set to meet with the body on November 3 to discuss their request to postpone the tournament.
“I really wish it doesn’t happen with all the people that will be moving around,” Daily Mail quoted the 32-year-old Lille keeper as saying after his club side drew 0-0 with Everton in the Europa League on Thursday.
“But I’m not CAF. I’m not the one who calls the shots.”
Enyeama confirmed that he was fearful of the spread of the Ebola virus.
“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,” he said.
“But if it happens I will play, if we qualify.”
Nigeria are currently third in Group A in the qualifying series for the 2015 AFCON with only the top two and the best third-placed teams advancing to the tournament proper.
Meanwhile, Enyeama insists the French club will beat Everton in their UEFA Europa League reverse fixture.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner was quoted by sportal.com.au sa saying, “The first game against Everton is now in the history books and we’ll only start thinking about the second match against them when it comes around in a couple of weeks.”