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