Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh, issued instructions to Health Minister, Ali Al-Zinati, to open an investigation into the case of preventing player of the Libyan National Mini-football Team, infected with Malaria, from boarding an air ambulance and boarding two other people who were not among the team’s players.
It is noteworthy that eyewitnesses and identical sources reported that the Libyan Air Ambulance staff had removed Wissam Moussa, the mini-football player who had Malaria, from the air ambulance, along with the infected coach, to be replaced by the son of Salem Qanan, member of the House of Representatives (HoR), and an employee at the Air Ambulance Department, called Rafea Bayou.
The players of the Libyan National Team contracted malaria after participating in the African Mini-football Cup 2021, which was held in Nigeria.
Malaria caused death of the team’s player, Ayman Al-Naqrish, and a number of players were in poor health conditions.
This incident became an issue of public opinion, and caused great tension in the Libyan sports street, especially after the death of Al-Naqrish.
The delegation of the National Team infected with malaria traveled to Italy in order to receive the necessary treatment for the disease.
It is noteworthy that the Libyan National Mini-football Team made it to the final match of the African Mini-football Cup, but lost against Egypt; however, it qualified for the World Cup finals, to be held in Ukraine this year – 2021.