Super Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye has parried talk about the fear of Ebola Virus among players and officials of the Nigerian national team, ahead of their match against DR Congo.
Though many analysts had called for cancellation of the game, on account of a fresh outbreak of Ebola in DR Congo, Ibitoye stressed at the weekend that the story has been overblown.
In relation to Monday’s clash with the Central African nation, where Ebola is said to have originated in the first instance, Ibitoye stressed that the Eagles are fully focused on their upcoming friendly against the Leopards.
There were recent fears that the match would not take place to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the DRC, but Ibitoye insists the Eagles are intensely preparing for the match in Port Harcourt.
Nigeria’s sports ministry put extra measures in place, in conjunction with the ministry of health, to ensure no danger would emerge from DR Congo’s visit, with all members of the delegation that arrived on Thursday thoroughly checked, and Ibitoye says there is no cause for alarm.
“There is no panic among the players ahead of the DR Congo friendly. All modalities for the success of the tie have been put in place.
“It is false the information that players are scared to take part in the game. The training has been going on well and football fans are eager to watch the team.
“The match will still take place on Monday as scheduled. There is no problem in the camp,” said Ibitoye.