Former Wales and Liverpool international Craig Bellamy has said he is worried about the health dilemma of his young prodigies at his football academy in Sierra Leone. Photo: Bellamy with the boys June 2010.
The 35-year-old in an emotional interview for S4C with former Wales’s rugby international David Bishop said,
“The Ebola crisis has been such a difficult time for everyone in Sierra Leone and also in Liberia and Guinea, and other certain areas of West Africa.
“I don’t know if I’m being perfectly honest, but the simple fact is if I left my academy boys go back to their home towns and home villages, they have a greater chance of catching the disease.
“I mean, what we do?
“So what do we do – keep them on the premises day in day out constantly – as if they were in a prison where they can’t leave?”
The Ebola has already reached Waterloo, just 15 miles away from the fishing town of Tombo where the Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy is based.
According to Wales online, Craig said he is having regular meetings with the academy administrators, but no decision has been made regarding the young footballer’s movements in the coming months.
Ebola is thought to have killed more than 600 people in Sierra Leone.
The academy has been carrying out temperature screenings on the young footballers and has restricted movement on and off the academy site.
The Craig Bellamy’s Foundation (CBF) is a charity that offers underprivileged children in Sierra Leone the chance to reach their true potential through sport and education, enabling them to build a better life for themselves and their communities.
In 2007 Wales football star Craig Bellamy visited a friend in the West African nation of Sierra Leone. Craig saw through the country’s desperate poverty and he saw potential for a project that could offer hope.