Newcastle are being very responsible with our two African players – Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse – and the club have concerns for the players at the African Cup of Nations In Morocco in January and February, with the Ebola outbreak in western Africa expected to expand further before then.
Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote on International duty
The Ebola outbreak is currently in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in western Africa, but if it spreads then Morocco is in north-west Africa and not too far north from where the outbreak is right now.
This is what Pardew said in his press conference today:
“We would be naive not have concerns. We have a strategy for when they return and making sure they and their families are taken care of.¨
“They are essential to us and our doctor has looked into the problems that might arise and also protection for them, and to make sure we do our very best to help them.”
“That’s something that will play out as we go along. That kind of decision is a big big one and I’m sure the countries will make that rather than club managers.¨
“It’s something to be concerned about and we have to be on our guard.”
The African Cup of Nations officials will have to keep a wary eye on this Ebola outbreak, and if it does spread, they may even have to call off the competition.
That has to be a possibility, the way things stand at the moment – and if the disease cannot be controlled soon in western Africa.
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