by Olorunwa Lawal
Ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying match between Uganda and Guinea on Wednesday, September 10, the Ugandan government has said that it will not allow fans from the West African country as only a 25-man squad is expected.
While addressing journalist in Kampala, Ugandan minister of health, Ruhakana Rugunda, said that fans were restricted because of 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.
“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,” said Rugunda.
He added that during the team’s stay in the country, local surveillance team will have access to their camp for the purpose of monitoring and counseling. This he said is a measure to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus disease, as Guinea is one of the worst hit countries in West Africa.
The Cranes, who are in Group E, played a 1-1 draw against Ghana in Kumasi on Saturday, and will host Guinea in their second Group match at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole.