Sierra Leone move Afcon 2017 tie to Nigeria


Sierra Leone Football national team, Leone Stars are to host their 2017 African Nations Cup qualification tie against Ivory Coast in Nigeria on 6 September because of the ongoing CAF moratorium on football in Ebola hit countries.

Although the name of venue was not included in the release, but it is official Leone Stars will host the African defending champions Ivory Coast in Lagos.

According to the football FA, the Nigerian government positively welcomed the request of Sierra Leone to play their home tie of the 2017 African Nations Cup qualifier.

The SLFA release reads, “The Sierra Leone Football Association is proud to announce to the general public that the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) and the Government of Nigeria have approved the request of the Sierra Leone Football Association to host the upcoming AFCON qualifier against the Elephants on Ivory Coast in Nigeria.”

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

Group I also includes 2017 Nations Cup hosts Gabon but their matches will not count towards qualification. Only the group winners 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.

By Alie Bittar


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