Greece bars Sierra Leonean player over Ebola


PAS Lamia defensive midfielder John Kamara has been barred for up to three weeks, the player has said. The club decision was taken on advised of the Hellineic Center for Disease Control & Prevention (HCDCP) in Greece over Ebola; they fear he might have contracted the disease.

(Photo: John Kamara in action against Cameroon)

According to in Greece, PAS Lamia asked the player not to accept his country invitation, because they don’t want him travelling to Africa, but John told them there is no risk he will travel en-route Paris to Cameroon and his national team mates are not from Sierra Leone.

It’s devastating because of the Ebola epidemic, the Leone Stars been forced to play out of Sierra Leone, the only team in their group without home fixtures.

John Kamara 26, who was happy to be part of his national team in the African Nations Cup qualifiers in Yaoundé, said: “I’m shocked and disappointed” at the length of time they asked me to stay indoors or travel out of Greece over the fear of Ebola.

“I received a text from my club Secretary asking me to stay indoors or leave the country.

“Hello John how are you, The national health system (HCDCP) gave an order for you to stay inside your house for 15-20 days or travel to Belgium.

“The team contacted my manager Lefteris and they both think that it would be better for me to stay in Belgium with my family for this period. Don’t worry about tickets, when you get there please contact me,” Rita.

“I represented my country like other big names stars in Africa, the likes Yayah Toure, Wilfred Bony for the Ivory Coast, I told them the match played in Cameroon not Sierra Leone, the whole squad are not from Sierra Leone and they never get back to me, am shocked and it absolutely nonsense from them.

“I can’t get back to my club in Lamia am somewhere in Athens, and I will be leaving for the Netherlands to visit my family and siblings, am not a prisoner to remain indoors. He told Football Sierra Leone.

John Kamara with four caps for Sierra Leone was first called up to the Sierra Leone squad for the 2013 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Tunisia in 2-2 draw in Freetown June 8 2013 before playing against Cape Verde away in Praia the following week Sierra Leone lost 1-nil.

The decision means John will miss domestic league matches for his club on the 19th away against Fokikos, their home tie against Pierikos on the 25th and on the 8th of November 2014 their meeting with Olympiakos Volos respectively.

Few days ago several of John Kamara’s national team mates have expressed their disheartened about the present Ebola epidemic that has brought them the biggest humiliation across the continents.

“I don’t care if they respect me, I’ve got enough respect for myself, and I am a Sierra Leonean not a virus” Notts County right back Mustapha Dumbuya posted. On his social media Facebook page ahead Sierra Leone encounter with Cameroon in Yaoundé on Wednesday.

John Trye told New York Times after hearing “Ebola” shouted at the players during a training session last Thursday. “You feel humiliated, like garbage, and you want to punch someone.

“No one wants to have Ebola in their country. Sierra Leone is struggling. And they shove it in our face. That’s not fair.”

Newly Columbus Crew striker Kei Kamara told BBC about the devastation. Kei Kamara has likened the devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak in his country to “a sci-fi zombie movie”.

“I know seven of the nurses in the hospital where I was born have passed away from helping Ebola patients,” he said. “It’s a sad story and we just hope that more help will come.”

Michael Lahoud 28 the Sierra Leone midfielder says that his team-mates have been treated badly and feel humiliated because of the stigma of Ebola.

“It is really causing a lot of tension and friction,” Lahoud told BBC Sport.

Dynamo Minsk defender and Sierra Leone Skipper has also reiterated to Football Sierra Leone “The Ebola virus is the only thing that has affected us in these qualifiers, maybe we don’t deserved to be at the bottom of the group because we can’t play our home, obviously that would have help us.

Seychelles were the first nation to cancel their qualifiers against Sierra Leone in fear of the deadly Ebola virus. CAF responded and forced Sierra Leone to move home if they are to participate in the qualifiers because of the Epidemic.

Estimated death toll of the Ebola virus outbreak has risen to 4,447, with the large majority of victims in West Africa; the World Health Organization (WHO) says.


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