One of the most contagious diseases known as Ebola disease has been confirmed in DR Congo, the ninth time the disease has been recorded in the country since the 1970s 17 people deaths confirmed.
This has led to Nigeria considering cancelling their friendly against DR Congo due to fears of contracting the Ebola virus on May 28 in Port Harcourt, in the south of Nigeria, ahead of next month’s World Cup.
‘We will stop the game on medical advice because we cannot risk any lives’. Says one of the football officials. ‘But in the meantime, the visiting team will be fully screened on arrival in the country for the game. Both African football body CAF and worlds FIFA have been informed of the current situation.’
Nigeria was in 2014 out of 19 confirmed cases 7 people died, whereas the disease killed over 11,000 elsewhere in west Africa, and the country was commended for its response to the disease.
The matches against the most endangered nations such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were all cancelled at the time and fans who attended Nigeria’s match against DR Congo that year underwent temperature checks.