By Gifty Arthur
The Ghana Medical Association (GMA), has commended government for heeding to their advice not to accept a request by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to host the 2015 nations cup in Ghana.
The Association’s president, Dr. Kwabena Poku Adusei, made the acknowledgement when he joined a panel of discussants on Tv3’s flagship programme, “The Platform”, to discuss the deadly ebola virus at La-Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra yesterday.
According to the President, it was commendable to learn that government after fierce resistance, listened to their advice not to accept the request by CAF to host the continent’s fiesta, which was initially billed to be held in the North African country, Morocco.
“Let me commend government for listening to us by not importing ebola into Ghana. We thank them for listening to us””, Dr Adusei said, while making a presentation on the programme which was aired live on TV3 Network.
It will be recalled that few weeks ago, all hell broke loose when news went viral that government was in the process of agreeing to a suggestion by the continent’s football governing body, CAF to host the tournament in Ghana.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Mahama Ayariga, in an excited mood revealed to the media that an invitation had been extended to Ghana to host the tournament, hinting it was considering it. The Minister explained that the country was ready to host the tournament as Ghana had the facilities to host a successful AFCON.
He continued that his discussion with the Ghana Football Association (GFA), gave him the assurance that Ghana could host the tournament, which was less than three months away.
Mr. Ayariga, not taken the ebola epidemic which was claiming several lives in countries such as, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea into consideration, the public registered it protest, warning that Ghana was not ready to play host to any tournament.
The GMA, immediately came into the fray after government inquired from them if they could give a clean bill of sheet to Ghana to signify that it can host the tournament in January 2015, but the Association warned the country was not in the position to host the tournament.
It was upon the advice of the GMA that Mr. Ayariga in an interview with Joy News, confirmed that indeed, Ghana had discarded the idea of hosting the tournament following the advice by the GMA not to entertain that idea. Meanwhile, Equatorial Guinea, has agreed to host the 16 countries in the January tournament which includes Ghana.