Former African women’s footballer of the year Genoveva Anonma of Equatorial Guinea has called upon CAF to cancel the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to avoid spreading the Ebola virus to her home country.
Equatorial Guinea replaced Morocco as hosts when the Confederation of African Football refused to delay the event.
Anonma said: “I am afraid for everyone. They should cancel it for the good of humanity and the good of our country.”
The Equatorial Guinea government insists it can control the threat.
Anonma, who finished top scorer when her country won the African Women’s Championship on home soil in 2008 and 2012, is deeply concerned.
“There is an 80% risk that the virus could contaminate our country but what can we do? We have to accept it,” the 27-year-old forward told BBC World Service.
“We are a small country and we don’t want things like this in our country,
“I have family there. My grandparents, my cousin, my aunt and uncle. My mother and my father are there too – everyone is there.”
The Equatorial Guinea government and organisers have played down Anonma’s concerns.