A four-nation invitational tournament in Korea Republic scheduled to help Nigeria U-17 internationals prepare for this year’s FIFA World Cup has been rescheduled on account of an outbreak of the ‘MERS’ (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) epidemic.
Two people have died and nearly 700 people have been isolated as a precautionary measure following the outbreak.
FIFA Match Agent, Jairo Pachon of Eurodata Sport said on Wednesday that organisers are pained but feel it is the correct decision in the circumstances, in order to protect the participating players and officials of all four countries – Korea Republic, Nigeria, USA and Brazil.
“It is an unfortunate situation for the Korean people and we feel their discomfort at this period. We hope that they will be able to solve the issue quickly,” said Jairo Pachon.
The tournament was originally slat for next week. A new date will be chosen for the invitational tournament in the month of August 2015.