Weah Seeks More Time for Morocco on Afcon Decision

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Amidst the Confederation of African Football uncompromising decision on the change of date of the 2015 African Cup Nations, football legend George Weah has urged CAF not to rush Morocco into making a call on whether to stage the even.

According to Goal.com, the former World and Africa best player, George M. Weah, called on CAF to allow Morocco to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations at a later date amidst their fear of the spread of the Ebola virus disease.

 

Morocco has asked for a postponement to make sure all safety measures are in place.

CAF responded by setting Morocco a deadline of November 8 to decide whether it wants to remain host as concerns continue over the effect of Ebola in three West African countries, including Liberia.

Weah, however, believed it is unfair to put a timescale on such a decision – and hopes common sense will prevail.

“Let us be positive about everything. We are aware of the fact that the world is experiencing the [Ebola] epidemic and it is something nobody should handle with levity and we should all fight very hard to eradicate it in our midst,” he told journalists in Abuja.

“We should help Morocco to put in place measures that will ensure the safety of those that would participate in the competition.

“Everybody loves this game and nobody wants to go to the Nations Cup and come back dead.”

CAF has said it would announce a new host if Morocco decide against hosting the competition that is scheduled to take place between January 17-February 8, 2015. CAF said it will not move the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from January and has given Morocco until Saturday to decide if they will host as scheduled.

Morocco wants a postponement because of fears over the Ebola outbreak.

Meanwhile, the Liberia Football Association (LFA) has announced the submission of Declaration of Participation for BYC and FC Fassell.

BYC is the double first division champions, while FC Fassell clinched the 2nd division championship.

Secretary General Alphonso Armah told the Daily Observer yesterday that BYC would participate in the CAF Champions League and FC Fassell will play in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup.

“The two teams will formally register if they successfully pass the review by the Club Management Licensing System Committee, and then be part of the draw,” he said.

Mr. Armah added: “It is our hope for the team to participate in the CAF Club Leagues.”

Mr. Robert Sirleaf funds BYC while FC Fassell is funded by the 2nd Vice President of LFA, Cassell Kuou, a diamond broker.

The CAF Champions League is an annual club football competition run by CAF. The top club sides from Africa’s football leagues are invited to participate in this competition, which is the premier club competition in the continent and the equivalent to the UEFA Champions League.

The 2015 CAF Confederation Cup (also known as the 2015 Orange CAF Confederation Cup) will be the 12th edition.

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