The CAF Solidarity

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When Liberia was plunged into throes of death and anguish, not many of the member countries of the Confederation of African Football sent messages of solidarity.

At least I am aware of the world football governing body, FIFA and CAF.

But in the course of the ravages and the fear of infection was widespread, CAF reneged on its commitment to Liberia and cancelled a trip to East Africa that at least former FIFA-badge referee, Iddrisa Kaba to have led a delegation to attend.

As disciplined as the former LFA secretary general is, Kaba saw CAF’s action as an insult to the body of not only its commitment to Liberia but also its role to identify with Liberian football.

At the time, Kaba wondered if CAF and others thought that every Liberian was a carrier of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

As Liberians nursed our wounds and the merciless Ebola kept its pressure on and killing as many people as it could, the Liberia Football Association was left alone to maybe die alone.

Then of course the issue of the African Cup of Nations now rescheduled in Equatorial Guinea from Morocco reared its head.

Morocco felt that she could not host the tournament for fear West African countries affected by the virus might transport the disease there, perhaps aware of two Liberians who became notorious transporters of the disease to Nigeria and the United States.

Though Liberia was completely out of the Afcon in question, Guinea was not, as the virus raged with deadly consequences there.

Morocco’s insistence for the delay of the tournament compelled CAF’s executive committee to issue an ultimatum that Morocco felt compelled not to respect.

The result is the eventual suspension of Morocco as a punishment by CAF.

But shockingly, quite against the run of play as it is said in sports, the Moroccan FA sent an invitation to Liberia, ravaged by Ebola, to send a team to participate in a tournament there.

Perhaps with the support of the international community and all Liberians that has resulted into the drastic decrease of Ebola infectious deaths, Morocco now realizes the time is up to identify with Liberia.

As sad as Morocco’s miscalculation might have been, all we wanted is to be left alone, for it is more insulting to think that Liberia and other countries ravaged by the disease brought it on themselves.

And that’s why I applaud the decision by the executive committee of the LFA to turn the invitation down.

Morocco should understand that the tragedy of the Ebola virus demands global support for its destruction. At least we are still around, thanks to the world community and one thing is certain, ‘God’s willing, Liberia will be back,’ (apologies to ex President Charles Taylor).

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