Liberia want Afcon qualifier moved from DR Congo because of Ebola

March 15th, 2019

Liberia’s FA (LFA) wants the venue for its crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in DR Congo moved out of the country because of concerns over the Ebola epidemic.

The fixture is scheduled for Kinshasa on 24 March with Liberia, who are second in Group G, on seven points and DR Congo on six.

Any two of the group’s four teams, which also includes Zimbabwe and Congo Brazzaville, can still qualify for this year’s finals in Egypt.

In November 2018, the United Nations’ global health body said the Ebola outbreak in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was the second-biggest ever recorded.

Latest figures (as of 12 March) from the World Health Organisation say there have been 927 cases and 584 deaths.

The LFA has written to the Confederation of African Football (Caf), saying the current Ebola situation in DR Congo brings back memories of its own tragic past.

“Based on our experience with Ebola in Liberia and the death it brought to most of our brothers and sisters, we believe this could cause a great psychological impact on the minds of our players,” said LFA secretary-general Isaac Montgomery.

“This could serve as an impediment to our players’ performance given our recent past of the Ebola epidemic in our country,” added Montgomery in a letter, seen by the BBC, sent to Caf secretary-general Amr Fahmy on 10 March.

Fahmy responded, promising a “follow-up” would be conducted by Caf.

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