Police, fans clash over Ebola screening

The Ebola risk at the Africa Cup of Nations is “under control”, said Equatorial Guinea Football Federation president Andres Jorge Mbombio. Police and fans clashed during Zambia’s 1-1 draw with DR Congo after Ebola screening delayed entry to the ground. Despite the wait to enter stadiums, Mbombio claims the threat is contained.

“When we decided to host the tournament, we increased the preventive measures, so that now we can say everything is under control,” he said.

“We feel proud and reassured, and only want to think of football.”

Equatorial Guinea are hosting the tournament after Morocco’s request to postpone the event because of the possible spread of the disease was rejected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in November.

Supporters have been asked to clean their hands with sanitising gel as they enter stadiums — one of the measures which has resulted in long queues.

Mbombio says he doesn’t want the issue of Ebola to overshadow the tournament and take the focus away from events on the pitch.

“Everybody said that Ebola was a big risk for this tournament. It was true. It was a risk, but we managed to control it,” he added.

— BBC

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