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Women’s soccer concludes well in Namibia; no to so lucky 2015 AFCON

Sierra Leone and Guinea, who alongside Liberia are the West African states most, affected by Ebola are still participating in the AFCON qualifiers and their teams, may make it to the 2015 event


THE African Women Championship ended in Namibia without a hitch escaping the problems faced by the men’s soccer tournament — the Africa Cup of Nations — which may not take place as scheduled in Morocco in January/February due to the Ebola disease.

Morocco have indicated to the Africa Football Confederation [CAF] that they will not host the tournament because of the fear of the spread of the disease.

Affected

Sierra Leone and Guinea, who alongside Liberia are the West African states most affected by Ebola are still participating in the AFCON qualifiers and their teams may make it to the Morocco tournament, hence, probably, the basis of the Moroccan fear.

Teams still involved from countries with a previous history of the disease are: Congo (‘A’),  Mali (‘B’), DR Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone (Group ‘D’), Guinea (‘E’), Nigeria (‘F’) and Senegal (‘G’).

Took part

For the 2014 Women’s Championship, the West African countries that took part were Nigeria, Ghana and Cameroon. Nigerian beat Cameroon 2-0 in the final of the championship whose previous holders were Equatorial Guinea.

Meanwhile CDC [Centres for Disease Control] reported on their website that as of October 22, there are a total 4,665 total Ebola cases and a death toll of 2,705 in Liberia.

Serum

The worst epidemic on record of the deadly virus has now killed more than 4,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Eight people have also died in Nigeria and cases have been reported in the United States and Spain.

The report comes days after the World Health Organization said a serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available to those in Liberia within weeks.

Partnership

Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO assistant director-general, said: “There are partnerships which are starting to be put in place to have capacity in the three countries to safely extract plasma and make preparation that can be used for the treatment of infective patients.”

“The partnership which is moving the quickest will be in Liberia where we hope that in the coming weeks there will be facilities set up to collect the blood, treat the blood and be able to process it for use,” Kieny said.

Methods

Similar treatment methods occurred when Ebola survivor Kent Brantley donated some of his plasma to help NBC freelance camera man Ashoka Mukpo and Texas Nurse Nina Pham. Brantley’s blood carried antibodies of the virus to help fight against the disease. Mukpo was declared Ebola free this week and released to return home October 22.

Pham, though not yet Ebola free, is reported to be in improved condition.

Current

Optimistic reports over Ebola in the US may begin to minimize some of American’s current fears about the virus, which outweigh fears of getting the flu, which is actually a greater threat in the United States, according to most reports.

A Harvard Public Health poll found last week that slightly more than half of American adults believe a family member will contracting the Ebola virus within a year.

Clinical trial

Dr Kieny also told a news conference in Geneva that five more vaccines would be in the clinical trial stage in January. Two are already being tested on humans.

“The pharmaceutical companies developing these vaccines, as well as the ones which are a little bit further along the development path, are committing to ramping up the production capacity to millions of doses to be available in 2015 with hundreds of thousands ready in the first half of next year,” she said.

Vaccine trials in the worst-affected countries could begin in December, Dr Kieny said.

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Results for the 2014 African Women’s Championship to be held in Namibia

Previous holders: Equatorial Guinea

*Namibia qualified as hosts

Final:

  • 25/10/14: Nigeria 2-0 Cameroon

Third-place play-off:

  • 25/10/14: Cote d’Ivoire 1-0 South Africa

Semi-finals:

  • 22/10/14: Nigeria 2-1 South Africa
  • 22/10/14: Cameroon 2-1 Cote d’Ivoire

GROUP ‘A’

P W D L GF GA Pts
Nigeria 3 3 0 0 12 2 9
Cote d’Ivoire 3 1 1 1 6 6 4
Namibia 3 1 0 2 3 5 3
Zambia 3 0 1 2 1 9 1

Results:

  • 11/10/14: Namibia 2-0 Zambia
  • 11/10/14: Nigeria 4-2 Cote d’Ivoire
  • 14/10/14: Zambia 0-6 Nigeria
  • 14/10/14: Core d’Ivoire 3-1 Namibia
  • 17/10/14: Namibia 0-2 Nigeria
  • 17/10/14: Zambia 1-1 Cote d’Ivoire

GROUP ‘B’

P W D L GF GA Pts
Cameroon 3 2 0 1 3 1 6
South Africa 3 1 1 1 6 3 4
Ghana 3 1 1 1 2 2 4
Algeria 3 1 0 2 2 7 3

Results:

  • 12/10/14: South Africa 0-1 Cameroon
  • 12/10/14: Algeria 1-0 Ghana
  • 15/10/14: Cameroon 2-0 Algeria
  • 15/10/14: Ghana 1-1 South Africa
  • 18/10/14: South Africa 5-1 Algeria
  • 18/10/14: Cameroon 0-1 Ghana

– Additional reporting from USA Today and BBC Sport