Congo national team coach Claude Le Roy has expressed concern over the outbreak of the Ebola disease in Nigeria and is hopeful that Confederation of African Football (CAF) will take the decision to move the match to another country.
“I think the match will not take place in Nigeria because the Nigerian authorities themselves have declared a state of emergency in the country,” he said.
“I do not think that CAF has a medical opinion which counters that of Nigeria.It is a country at risk so it seems obvious that the match will be relocated,” said Le Roy who is nonetheless optimistic of achieving a good result when he brings his team to confront the Super Eagles on September 6. The Red Devils were eliminated on penalties by Rwanda in the previous round but have since been reinstated by (CAF) after Rwanda were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
The player in question is striker Dady Birori, who also plays under the name Tady Etekiama for his club AS Vita and holds two different passports.
Le roy is confident Rwanda’s appeal which will be heard on Wednesday in Cairo by CAF will be dismissed.
“Things are so clear. At the press conference in Kigali after our elimination on penalties, I told Rwandan journalists that we would win after the protest,” he said.
“The Congolese Federation, with the support of the government, was even willing to pay for the “two players,” Dady and Etekiama to travel to the CAF headquarters in Cairo for their identities to be evaluated. But of course, this was not possible since both players are in fact one and the same person.”