The Ivory Coast Football Federation has stated clearly that their home African Cup of Nation’s first leg qualifier listed for next month against Sierra Leone is now in doubt over the spread of Ebola virus.
Even though The World Health Organization “does not recommend a ban on travel to and from affected countries.” The Spokesman for the Ivorian Football Federation Eric Kacou has said the government will not grant Sierra Leone entering clearance to enter the country’s largest city, Abidjan.
CAF maintained that it is following advice from the World Health Organization, which it said doesn’t recommend a ban on travel to and from Ebola-affected countries. On that advice, CAF still wants countries to travel to Nigeria to play and allow travel by teams from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea.
“The authorities are taking no chances,” Kacou said. Ivory Coast’s football federation said on Tuesday that it had been instructed by its government to cancel or move next month’s home game against Sierra Leone.
Meanwhile, Sierra Leone Leone Football Association (SLFA) predicament continues in finding a venue for its home ties slated to kick off against DR Congo September 10 2014.
The Confederation of African Football moved qualifiers out of Sierra Leone and Guinea – another Ebola-affected country – but said other qualifiers next month would go ahead as planned.