–Ex-Liberian footballer says CAF should consider Morocco’s request
By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former world footballer of the year, George Opong Weah has called on CAF to postpone the 2015 Africa Nations Cup if that is the wish of host country, Morocco.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday after he watched Giwa FC of Jos beat Sharks FC of Port Harcourt 2-1, the Liberian ex-international said CAF should respect Morocco’s stand to postpone the AFCON on health grounds, adding that Ebola virus has been very devastating in Africa to be toyed with.
“The Ebola scourge is real and in Liberia my country, I have seen thousands of my country men die from this virus and that is why I am in full support of Morocco’s insistence to shift the AFCON in January to a later date,” he said.
“We should put in precautionary measures to curb the epidemic. If host Morocco thinks the right thing to do is to avoid it is to shift the date. I think CAF should abide by it to save lives. The shift will be beneficial to all those who would be at the games. I think CAF should give in and allow the postponement” the former AC Milan forward stated.
Asked if it was visible for another African footballer to win the world footballer of the year, Weah stated that the continent has the potentials and that all they need to do is to work harder, be more focused and dominate to get there.
He continued “Everything has time and I was there at the right time, it is very possible for another African to become world footballer of the year but it might take time, may be in another 100 years. We have one and another will come but we have to be hopeful and believe that we can be the best”