West Ham officials to hold talks with African trio over Ebola threat

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Ahead of the widely anticipated Africa Cup of Nations which gets underway on January 17, West Ham officials will hold talks with Diafra Sakho, Cheikhou Kouyate and Alex Song over the threat of Ebola at the tournament, reports The Mail.

Just this week, Morocco have pulled out of running the tournament due to the crisis and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is having difficulties in finding a replacement host.

With West Ham's outstanding Premier League performance so far this season, Sam Allardyce is desperate to maintain that and the threat of either Song, Kouyate or Sakho catching the deadly infection could scupper hopes of a landmark European appearance for the Hammers.

Key players

Sakho, who will feature for Senegal has been the more influential player of the trio in West Ham's season so far with a vital six goals in eight league appearances.

Kouyate, who will also play for Senegal along with Song for Cameroon, hasn't been as outstanding as Sakho but has so far played inspiring an role for Sam Allardyce.

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The West Ham boss is frightened that a trip over to Africa could lead to the infection of Ebola in one of his players and therefore has instructed back room staff to hold talks with the three and will discuss whether they should attend the competition.

European threat

But this isn't the first case of a club discussing the possibility of dropping out with their players. Borussia Dortmund have rejected Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang with the opportunity to feature for Gabon at the Africa Cup of Nations while Victor Enyeama has confirmed that he will be scanned for the infection after his return from international duty for Nigeria by his club side, Lille.

The Nigerian shot stopper believes that CAF should abandon the tournament this time around because "it is so difficult to contain" reports in the Daily Mail suggest.

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