Malawi cancels Uganda match in fear of Ebola

A set back to the Flames ahead of their  crunch encounter against the Black Stars of Ghana in September, as their friendly match against the Ugandan Cranes has been cancelled in fear  of the outbreak of Ebola disease which has hit Uganda.

The Flames were supposed to take on Uganda on Wednesday, August, 15 at the Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre.

However, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) released a statement on Thursday afternoon, August 9, 2012 to inform the general public about the game’s cancellation following the escalation of Ebola disease in Uganda.

FAM president Walter Nyamilandu: Uganda match postponed

“The Football Association of Malawi would like to inform you that the friendly match involving Malawi and Uganda which was slated for 15th August 2012 at Kamuzu Stadium has been cancelled on advice from the Government following the escalation of Ebola disease in Uganda,” reads part of the statement made available to Nyasa Times.

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni and other officials have warned people to avoid physical contact until the outbreak is declared over. Museveni followed his own advice when U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Uganda last week, declining to shake her hand upon arrival.

Meanwhile, FAM has indicated that the government has since advised them to identify another team which at the moment is not a health risk to the nation.

Malawi soccer governing body has described the cancellation of the encounter as a big blow in their preparations for the Ghana game on 8th September 2012.

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