The scare of experiencing Ebola again might affect players’ performance during their Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers encounter against DR Congo, Liberia Football Association says.
In a letter to Confederation of African Football (CAF), the Liberian FA requested a change of venue for the game scheduled to hold to in Kinshasa due to the outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo where 927 cases of Ebola contamination and 584 deaths have been confirmed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Congolese health authorities since August 2018.
“Based on our experience with Ebola in Liberia and the death it brought to most of our brothers and sisters, we believe this could cause a great psychological impact on the minds of our players,” said LFA secretary-general Isaac Montgomery.
“(This) could serve as an impediment to our players’ performance given our recent past of the Ebola epidemic in our country,” added Montgomery in a letter sent to CAF secretary-general Amr Fahmy on 10 March.
Already, Fahmy is reported to have promised a “follow up” by the BBC but a formal response from CAF is expected in the coming week.
It is likely CAF might not heed to their request considering DR Congo successfully hosted Zimbabwe in the same competition last October.
Zimbabwe currently leads Group G with 8 points followed by Liberia (7points), DR Congo (6 points) and Congo (5 points).
Any two of the group’s four teams can still qualify for this year’s finals in Egypt.