27 March 2020 – A group of African football legends have come together for a short video for the #Safehands and #Noshandshake challenge as part of efforts towards the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The 98-seconds video is collage shot by the players in their respective locations emphasizing on the importance of washing the hands and avoiding handshake, critical to the battle against COVID-19, which has brought the entire world to a halt.
Representing various generations, and led by CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, they include the following;
– Roger Milla, Joseph Antoine Bell (Cameroon)
– Herita Ilunga, Tresor Lomana Lualua (DR Congo)
– El Hadji Diouf , Alassane N’Dour, Khalilou Fadiga, Diomansy Kamara (Senegal)
– Mustafa El Haddaoui (Morocco)
– Jean Ssenide (Uganda)
– Wael Gomaa (Egypt)
– Fatau Dauda (Ghana)
– Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)
The likes of Diouf and Lualua spoke in their local dialects, Wolof and Lingala, for their natives, whilst Ugandan Ssenide is the only female.
The steps for the #Safehands challenge as outlined in the video is as follows;
1. Apply soap
2. Lather your hands well with soap
3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds
4. Rinse your hands under clean water
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel
As a result of COVID-19, CAF has suspended all competitions until further notice and remain in constant with partners such as the World Health Organization, FIFA among others in the fight against the menace.