Following reports that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has requested that Ghana hosts AFCON 2015 and the Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga’s statement that Ghana is ready to host the event, there’s been a public outcry against the decision.
Morocco has informed CAF that unless the tournament is postponed, it will not be able to host the event next year. This is in the wake of the growing number of deaths from the Ebola disease. So far the World Health Organization has reported that over 4,500 persons have died from the Ebola virus.
South Africa which was also requested by CAF to consider hosting the event in place of Morocco has rejected the request outright.
The latest to add his voice to the clamor is the head of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research Prof Kwadwo A Koram who has advised government not to dare host the event. Prof Koram was speaking on Joy FM’s Newsfile program.
Prof Koram’s position is based on his assertion that Ghana lacks the capacity to monitor the thousands of fans who will be trooping into the country to support their teams during the tournament.
Although President Mahama has indicated that Ghana will be the regional hub in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, there’s been a hue and cry over that decision and the latest pronouncement by the Sports Minister has sparked a fresh wave of protest against the idea.
The tournament is usually held in the first quarter of the year and there’s increasing calls for CAF to postpone next year’s event.