The Confederation of African Football (Caf) on Tuesday partnered with Speak Up Africa through the Stay Safe Africa campaign in a bid to help Africa in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
In Africa, there are currently over 84,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 2,771 deaths. Several risk factors mean the virus could spread quickly across the continent. High population densities, communal living as well as the constrained access to water and washing facilities all increase the likelihood of coronavirus infections and fatalities.
Caf acting general secretary Abdelmounaim Bah said: “Football brings together so many people from different backgrounds, nationalities and languages.
“Even though domestic championships and continental tournaments have been put on hold, we must now come together, at a distance, to fight the spread of this disease and misinformation. We are proud to adopt the Stay Safe campaign and help protect the billion people on the African continent.”
Caf and Speak Up Africa both preach following proper hygiene guidelines as the best way to stop the spread of the virus.
Yacine Djibo, Executive Director of Speak Up Africa said: “It is vital that individuals across Africa take responsibility to protect themselves, their families and their communities, by following the recommended prevention measures against Covid-19.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Confederation of African Football, as we know it will use its powerful platform to spread the all-important prevention messages to football fans across the continent. To prevent the spread of Covid-19, we must come together and work towards our common goal.”
In partnership with ANA and Sports Leo