BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
The proposed ceremonial World Cup sent-forth match for the Super Eagles in Port Harcourt will still go ahead, the Nigeria Football Federation boss, Amaju Pinnick has assured. The NFF president who spoke on Channels Television made the declaration against the background of the reported fresh Ebola outbreak in DR Congo, the team visiting Nigeria.
According to Pinnick, the outbreak had nothing to do with the friendly match as most of the coming Congolese players are based abroad.
”The Ebola outbreak is in a very remote village in Congo. Besides, 98 percent of their players are foreign-based players.
”They will fly into Port Harcourt at 6pm on the 25th of this month, three days to the march. The airplane will wait for them and take them back.
”Officially just to be cautious, we have written to the Ministry of Health to give us cover, before they leave and arrive they will test them just to take extra precaution.
“I am really concern about the health of our players. I will love them to remain healthy ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia and I am sure the Ministry of Health will also do their job before and after the game. I can assure you the Ebola outbreak will never be a threat,” Pinnick told Channels Television.