The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) are reportedly considering canceling Nigeria’s pre-World Cup friendly against DR Congo due to fresh Ebola outbreak in the Central Africa country.
The Super Eagles are billed to face DR Congo in Port-Harcourt on the 28th of May as part of preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but could call-off the game on “medical advice”.
Speaking on the health ministry’s directive to implement new measures of screening for visitors from neighboring countries, an official of the NFF said: “We will stop the game on medical advice because we cannot risk any lives,”
17 people have so far been confirmed dead since the latest outbreak was announced on Tuesday, making it the ninth time DR Congo will be facing the deadly disease since the 1970’s.
“But in the meantime, the visiting team will be fully screened on arrival in the country for the game. Both CAF and FIFA have been informed of the situation.” the official added.
Nigeria will also tackle England at Wembley on the 2nd of June and Czech Republic four days later before their Group D opener against Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium.