OCTOBER 21, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
Former Liverpool and Wales international footballer, Craig Bellamy, has revealed his torment over the health of his young prodigies training at his football academy following the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.
According to Wales online, the former Cardiff City star in an emotional interview with S4C where he talks about his career, his family, Wales’ recent Euro 2016 qualification matches and Cardiff City, revealed his anguish over the spread of the deadly virus, which has already reached Waterloo, just 15 miles away from the fishing town of Tombo where the Craig Bellamy Foundation Academy is based.
The 35-year-old tells the programme: “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 mean, what do we do?
“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. 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?”
Bellamy said he was having regular meetings with the academy administrators at Tombo, but no decision has been made regarding the young footballers’ movements in the coming months.
The academy has been carrying out temperature screenings on the young footballers and has restricted movement on and off the academy site.
It has also provided “awareness and avoidance” training to pupils’ families as well as staying open over the summer to keep their pupils in “the safest possible environment”.