Ebola scare: GFA snub Sierra Leone request


Ghana Football Association has released a statement announcing they cannot grant Sierra Leone access to the country for their qualifiers listed to kick off next month.

Because of the Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone requested for permission to play some of its African Cup qualifiers against Ivory Coast, DR Congo and Cameroon.

According to The Confederation of African Football statement on Tuesday, Sierra Leone indicates about moving its home ties in the final qualifying round to Ghanaian capital Accra.

CAF stated that the request had been made to Ghanaian authorities and ‘necessary reviews are being undertaken.

GFA Statement Read: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has received a request from our brothers at the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) seeking to play their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying home matches in Accra. The Sierra Leoneans are seeking to play their home qualifying matches in Accra because of the Ebola outbreak in their country.

While the GFA is keen on helping out our brothers from Sierra Leone, we are uncertain about the health implications for our country. Therefore the GFA has asked the SLFA to ask their government to make a formal request to the government of Ghana for consideration by the Ministry of Health.

It is based on this report from Ghana’s Ministry of Health that a decision will be taken.

Sierra Leone first match listed away to the Elephants of Ivory Coast weekend 5-6 September 2014, before hosting the Kinshasa’s Leopards in Freetown 10 September 2014 in their second group matches.

Group D Leone Stars matches listed to be player in September – November 2014.

05-06/09/14: Ivory Coast v Sierra Leone
10/09/14: Sierra Leone v DR Congo
10-11/10/14: Sierra Leone v Cameroon
15/10/14: Cameroon v Sierra Leone
14-15/11/14: Sierra Leone v Ivory Coast
19/11/14: DR Congo v Sierra Leone


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