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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

@Sports Africa: DR. Congo players to be tested before playing Super Eagles because of Ebola outbreak in Congo

DR. Congo players to be tested before playing Super Eagles because of Ebola outbreak in Congo
The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said that players of the Leopards of the DR Congo are mandated to thorough screening in their country and in Nigeria ahead of their friendly match against the Super Eagles.
The minister made this public in an interview with journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the nation’s preparedness for the friendly match and World Cup holding in Russia next month.
He said, “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.”
The friendly match is to take place at the Adokie Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.
Meanwhile, Dalung insisted that the Super Eagles are going to Russia to win the trophy.
He boasted that the team will not end their participation midway.
“We are going to Russia as contestants and not as participants.”

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