Former African women’s footballer of the year Genoveva Anonma has called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be cancelled 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 Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.
Up to 15 December, 6,856 people had been reported as having died from the disease in six countries; Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, the United States and Mali. The total number of reported cases is more than 18,000.