The French and Ugandan government has canceled a legend match that ought to hold as part of the celebration of the Uganda–France Friendship Week has been suspended till further due to the outbreak of COVID-19. The likes of Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto, Yaya You’re, El Hadji Diouf and host of others were supposed to feature in the match but it will no longer hold for the fear of the deadly epidemic currently sweeping the world.
It was supposed to hold at the Mandela Stadium on the 22nd of March to commensurate the bilateral relationship between the two countries. However, with the recent fear around the world due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the match has been postponed until further notice.
According to the French Ambassador to Uganda, Jules-Armand Aniambossou, all the events that were part of the plans to celebrate the Uganda-France Friendship Week has been canceled. Quoting the words of the Aniambossou, he said; “We visited the places [that] were planning to organize the different [events] but following the risk assessment from the Ministry [of Health] we were told we could not organize the events,” said Aniambossou as per New Vision.
“To organize successful celebrations we need to work with the Ugandans and going by the mood in France currently we cannot go on and we have to respect all the guidelines, the reason we had to postpone and plan for something bigger with our sponsors in the coming months.”
Some of the other programs canceled include a concert and rugby match. There is no doubt that the entire world is currently in fear of this virus that has never been seen or experienced before. It came as a surprise attack back in December 2019 when it emanated from China before it spread its tentacles to Europe which is currently the hub of the virus.