Malawi, Guinea AFCON qualifier to go ahead as planned despite Ebola fears 

A game involving Malawi and Guinea will go ahead in Conakry this weekend despite fears surrounding the threat of Ebola after World Health Organisation (WHO) through the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has cleared that there is no cause for alarm.

Flames players during training...Photo Jeromy Kadewere
Flames players during training…Photo Jeromy Kadewere

It was reported few days ago that the deadly disease has resurfaced and that it has killed some people in Guinea.

This prompted the Football Association of Malawi (Fam) to write Caf seeking guidance on Flames visit to Guinea to fulfill their 2017 Afrcian Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying match.

Caf went on to forward the concerns to WHO. The WHO have since  assured Caf that in Conakry-where the match will be played is safe.

“Many thanks for your message! The cases are in Nzerekore in the forest area do not pose a threat to holding match in Conakry. There are no travel restrictions to Conakry,” reads a message from Dr. Soce Fall, Director of Health Security and Emergencies at WHO Regional office in Africa communicating to Caf and Fam.

The Flames who are currently in Sierra Leon where they are expected to play a practice match on Tuesday afternoon are expected to face Guinea on Friday 25th March in Conakry, Guinea in the 1st leg of the back to back qualifying matches.

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7 years ago

yes ,zizakhala better.

7 years ago

I just pray that the report from WHO is genuine otherwise the issue is between life and death. Good luck to the Flames.

Che Wanimiliyoni
Che Wanimiliyoni
7 years ago

FAM should also link up with South Africa Football Association on how to handle this situation because it is the South African based Malawian players who may face the embarrassment of being quarantined at Oliver Tambo airport when rejoining their clubs.

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