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Ebola outbreak won’t hinder Nigeria versus DR Congo friendly – NFF VP, Akinwunmi

Nigeria Football Federation 1st vice president Seyi Akinwunmi has confirmed that the international friendly between Nigeria and DR Congo on May 28 will not be cancelled because of the outbreak of Ebola in the latter.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, Akinwunmi stated that measures have been taken to prevent the introduction of the deadly disease to Nigeria via the friendly.

“We will not jeopardise the health of Nigerians, we have notified the DR Congo Football Federation, while both presidents have met at the CAF committee and finalised issues.

“Beyond that, we have written to the Ministry of Health to have all those coming to Nigeria tested. However, most of the DR Congo players for the match are foreign-based.

“To assure Nigerians, we will not risk anything for the match, there should be no fear at all.

“We are 100 percent sure that everyone coming for the match will be subjected to test in Congo before coming and Nigeria before they go out,’’ he told NAN.

In preparation for the tune-up game DR Congo coach Florent Ibenge has invited 32 players for the game against the World Cup-bound Super Eagles.

Beijin Guoan attacker Cedric Bakambu alongside Everton’s Yannick Bolasie and Zamalek’s Kabongo Kasongo headlines the Leopards provisional squad list.

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