Lagos tipped to host Sierra Leone Afcon qualifier


Sierra Leone Group I contest against Ivory Coast is expected to be played in Lagos Surulere according to report from Nigeria

Because of the ongoing CAF moratorium on football in Ebola-hit countries Leone Stars will go toe to toe with the African champions next month 6 September at the multi-use stadium Teslim Balogun in Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria.

However, SLFA scribe Sorie Ibrahim Sesay told that they are still waiting on the NFF to confirm the match venue.

“It’s not yet confirmed, he said. “We are still waiting for Nigeria FA to tell us the venue that will be allocated for this all-important tie.”

The 24,000 thousand capacity was also used for the 2009 Under-17 World Cup that was hosted in Nigeria.

Newly caretaker coach Ghanaian Sellas Tetteh will be on duty against the African defending champions.

Leone Stars lost their opening Nations Cup qualifier 1-0 to Group I opponents Sudan in June, former International, 63-year-old John Jebbor Sherrington was the step in caretaker coach.

Group I also includes 2017 Nations Cup hosts Gabon, but their matches will be class as friendly and only the group winner advance to the finals.

The African Champions Cote D’Ivoire handed Sierra Leone a 7-2 hammering in their 2015 Afcon qualifying matches in two legs, both matches were hosted in Abidjan.

Meanwhile, Sources close to the NFF general secretary, Sanusi Mohammed, has stated the NFF offered the SLFA two venues Lagos or Port Harcourt to use.  The Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos or the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

By Alie Bittar


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