Guinea coach Michel Dussuyer on Monday acknowledged his squad had not been singled out for any special treatment since arriving in Equatorial Guinea for the Africa Cup of Nations despite widespread Ebola concerns.

“Here in Equatorial Guinea it is nothing special for us. Medical checks have been done for each team and everyone has been treated the same,” said Frenchman Dussuyer at a press conference.

“It was more difficult in qualifying but since we have been here we have been made to feel very welcome.”

Along with west African neighbours Sierra Leone and Liberia, Guinea is at the epicentre of the Ebola crisis which has seen almost 8,500 people die since the outbreak of the virus just over a year ago, according to the latest World Health Organisation figures.

Concerns over the spread of the virus forced Guinea to play their home Cup of Nations qualifiers last year in Morocco.

However, the same concerns also saw Morocco refuse to go through with their hosting of the finals, leaving Equatorial Guinea to step in at the last minute.

Guinea star Ibrahima Traore urged his team-mates to give the long-suffering people back home something to shout about on the pitch as they prepare to face the Ivory Coast in their opening Group D game at the 2015 finals in Malabo on Tuesday.

“Of course we have a responsibility because when people are having difficulties they look to simple things like football,” said the French-born Borussia Moenchengladbach player.

“In recent years they have not had a lot to shout about because we didn’t get to the finals (2013) last time. That’s something we have put right this time.

“Qualifying is already a good thing but I think if we leave here with no points that will be forgotten.

“I think we have an opportunity here to give more happiness and pleasure to the people – it is always important to do well at the CAN but all the more so in the current context.”

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