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Ebola: Uganda ban Guinea fans

Ugandan minister of health Ruhakana Rugunda has announced fans from Guinea will not be allowed into the country as only a 25-man squad from the West African nation is expected for a 2015 Afcon qualifier on Wednesday.

The Cranes, who held  Ghana to a 1-1 draw away in Kumasi on Saturday, host Guinea in their second Group E match at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.

Players of the ''FC Gberedou Abobo" football team poses with a sign reading ''Stop ebola in Africa" prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices.  AFP PHOTO
Players of the ”FC Gberedou Abobo” football team poses with a sign reading ”Stop ebola in Africa” prior to a football tournament gathering youth from Guinea near the Koumassi sports center in Abidjan on August 10, 2014. West Africa was counting the cost of measures to contain the deadly Ebola epidemic on August 10, as unprecedented restrictions caused snarled transport, food shortages and soaring prices. AFP PHOTO

Rugunda told the media in Kampala that Guinean fans will not be allowed into the East African country because of the Ebola scare.

“Although the majority of this team are from France, the risks of importing Ebola into Uganda from the few coming in from Guinea cannot be ignored,” said Rugunda.

“The delegation has been restricted to only 25 members. This will include all players, coaches and support staff. No fans will be allowed to accompany the players into the country.”

He also made it clear that during the period the team is in Uganda, the Ugandan surveillance team will have access to them as well as to the Uganda Cranes for purposes of monitoring and counseling.

Uganda had allowed a limited number of people to travel from Guinea because of the scare of spreading the deadly Ebola Virus Disease.

Guinea is one of the West African countries that have been hit hard by Ebola.


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