Klopp ~ Fifa, Caf Should Take Ebola Threat More Seriously

Klopp: Fifa and CAF must open eyes to Ebola threat
Morocco has already seen a request to postpone the Africa Cup of Nations rejected, much to the shock of the BVB boss

​Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has pleaded with Fifa and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to open their eyes and take the threat of Ebola seriously.

The spread of the virus has thrown the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations into doubt, with host nation Morocco having already requested that the tournament be postponed.

However, the CAF has already rejected that request and a series of qualifiers were played out across the continent over the past week, with Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netting both goals in Gabon’s 2-0 win over Burkina Faso last Saturday.

Klopp, though, believes football should be a complete irrelevance when people’s lives are currently at risk.

“I don’t know whether the players think about it [Ebola], but I think a lot about it,” the BVB boss said.

“I spoke a lot with ‘Auba’ [Aubameyang] about it, tried to sensitise him of the problem as he was away with his national team.

“Young people are green; they don’t think that much about such things.

“I don’t really understand how Fifa or whoever is responsible for that can assume that of all things the borders in Africa are safe enough that no Ebola-infected person can travel to another country. Even here [in Europe], we aren’t able to do that.

“If there is one country in Africa which has the feeling that it can’t host the Cup safely then this has to be the priority, not the Africa Cup.

“You have to take this seriously and can’t shut your eyes. There will be a lot people from all over Africa in Morocco to watch the games and only a few of them would have undergone the best medical checks.”


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