Football Sierra Leone reported a few days ago that the USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issued a warning about the dreadful Ebola virus spreading across West Africa. And that residents must avoid nonessential travels across borders of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Due to the deadly virus it’s now of utmost health concern that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) and their Liberian counterparts have suspended all football activities.
Sierra Leone National team was denied entry clearance to the Indian Ocean Island Seychelles ahead of their second leg outing of the qualifier over advice from the Seychelles Ministry of Health to its Football Association.
The biggest problem now is whether Sierra Leone’s Group D counterparts will want to capitalize on the present situation and ask to play all matches on neutral venue most likely away from West Africa.
However, Sierra Leone will have to call on full strength foreign based players from European leagues if the situation worsens.
SLFA is confident that they will be able to play on neutral ground if the ban is not lifted by President Ernest Bai Koroma.
Sierra Leone’s first match listed away is to the Elephants of Ivory Coast for the weekend of 5-7 September 2014, before hosting the Kinshasa’s Leopards in Freetown 10 September 2014 in their second group matches.
Group D qualifiers are scheduled to be played 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