Sierra Leone FA turns to Liberia


Sierra Leone have approached Liberia with a request to play their home matches in neighbouring Monrovia because of the Ebola outbreak that has affected the country, the football association has confirmed.

Photo: Sheriff Suma reacts with teammates skipper Umaru Bangura and Stopper Morris reacts during AFCON 2015 qualifier in Cameroon October 11, 2014

Sierra Leone will face Algeria in the Olympic Games qualifier at the end of July and early August with the Leone Stars also scheduled to host African champions Ivory Coast in September for a 2017 Cup of Nations qualifier.

Sierra Leone have been forced to play all their international matches away from home because of the spread of the ebola virus.

During the qualifiers for the 2015 Cup of Nations, Sierra Leone had requested to host their home games in Accra but the Ghana FA and government rejected their request.

The most recent was in Nouakchott where Les Mourabitounes of Mauritania won both legs 4-1 on aggregate to eliminate Sierra Leone from the Championship of African Nations (CHAN).

If granted permission Sierra Leone could host Algeria and Ivory Coast either at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium or the Samuel Kanyon Doe complex in Monrovia.

Meanwhile, despite recording recent cases of Ebola, Liberia played their first international match at home on Sunday after 13 months.

Liberia were held 1-1 by Guinea in Monrovia in the return leg of their 2016 Chan encounter.

The Lone Star failed to reverse a two-goal deficit, after falling 3-1 to the Syli National in Bamako in the first-leg. Guinea – also affected by Ebola – moved their home matches away from Conakry.

By Alie Bittar


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