CITY PRESS’ TI­MOTHY MOLOBI TELLS US HOW HE WAS SCREENED FOR EBOLA WHEN HE TRAV­ELLED WITH BAFANA BAFANA TO CONGO-BRAZ­ZAV­ILLE THIS WEEK

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As we were pre­par­ing to dis­em­bark from the Global Air­lines plane in Poin­teNoire, Congo-Braz­zav­ille, on Thurs­day, a se­nior cabin crew mem­ber in­formed us “there would be a slight de­lay as ev­ery­one on board has to be screened for Ebola”.

Screen­ing? I thought, be­ing un­der the im­pres­sion that the pro­ce­dure was only con­ducted on peo­ple trav­el­ling to our shores, not the other way round. But we were in a for­eign coun­try and had to abide.

How­ever, it wasn’t a com­pli­cated pro­ce­dure. A nurse hold­ing what re­sem­bled a spray gun “shot” each one of us in the eye with a red flash to de­tect the deadly virus.

As ex­pected, all of us, in­clud­ing coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba and the rest of the Bafana con­tin­gent, got a clean bill of health and we were al­lowed to go through the ter­mi­nals at An­to­nio Agostinho Neto In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

The ex­pe­ri­ence brought home to some of us the re­al­ity the world is fac­ing, try­ing to find ways to pre­vent and even­tu­ally cure the deadly virus.

Mean­while, it was re­ported on Fri­day that Morocco has called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Na­tions (Af­con) to be post­poned due to the threat of Ebola. The north African na­tion has lodged an ap­peal with the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball to de­lay the con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­onship that is sched­uled to run from Jan­uary 17 to Fe­bru­ary 8.

Bafana is in the same group as Nige­ria – one of the coun­tries af­fected by Ebola – and are due to play there in the re­turn leg of their Af­con qual­i­fier next month.

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