World Cup Friendly: Congolese players to undergo Ebola screening before playing Nigeria

Nigeria’s Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, on Monday, said players of the Leopards of the Democratic Republic of Congo would be subjected to thorough Ebola screening in their country and in Nigeria ahead of their friendly World cup game with the Super Eagles.

This is because of the spate of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo.

Both teams are scheduled to play a friendly game on Monday, at the Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

Dalung explained, “Nigeria is going to play the friendly with DRC. I have discussed with the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation in anticipation.

“We have reviewed the situation and received adequate information about it. So we have agreed on major approaches.

“One, the DRC team is coming through a chartered flight and those coming for the match will be using that chartered flight and they would have been screened from the DRC and they will be screened here in Nigeria.

“No other person is going to be admitted using any other means of transportation for the match. We also discovered that the Ebola outbreak is limited to a particular place and it has not escalated.

“So we wouldn’t want to run the risk of setting a precedent which we will later be a victim. Based on that, we only introduced strict policies to ensure that the match takes place and the match will take place.”

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