The President of the Algerian Football Federation (AFF), Mr. Mohammed Raouraoua will provide medical assistance to the Liberia Football Association (LFA) in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in the country.
Mr. Raouraoua also told LFA secretary general B. Alphonso Armah that he would talk with friends in the Arab Football Union for assistance to the Liberia Football Association.
Mr. Armah said Mr. Raouraou statement is in response to a recent appeal by LFA President Musa Bility to the Algerian Football Federation for support to fight the deadly Ebola virus.
Armah said the Algerian FA boss confirmed his support to the LFA’s fight of the Ebola at their last weekend’s CAF meeting in Addis Ababa, where President Bility could not attend due to the Ebola crisis in the country.
On his participation at the meeting, Armah said Liberian delegation received a warm welcome by CAF President Issa Hayatou, the executive committee members and the delegates.
Armah said aware of the stigmatization that goes along with the Ebola outbreak that affects citizens of countries where there has been an Ebola outbreak, he and his colleague, Andy Quamie had planned to avoid shaking hands and physical contacts.
“But to our utmost surprise, President Hayatou led the delegation to hug us,” Armah said.
“President Hayatou told us that we didn’t buy Ebola to come to our country; it is just a disease that can breakout in any country,” Armah said. “He wished Liberia well in the fight against Ebola.”
When asked whether President Hayatou would help CAF member countries affected with the virus, he was not specific, but noted, “but with the way they hugged us, I believe CAF is planning something.”