Ghana, S’ Leone match in limbo

Dr. Kofi Amoah

Dr. Kofi Amoah

Following the suspension of the Sierra Leone Football Association and its national teams from international competitions by FIFA, the proposed Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Black Stars of Ghana and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone slated for Thursday, October 11, 2018 at the Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi has been thrown into limbo.

Although the GFA Normalization Committee has assured that the decision by FIFA will not affect the Black Stars preparation, Ghana still remains in the dark over the status of the AFCON 2019 qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone.

“Nonetheless, the GFA Normalization Committee wishes to assure the general public that measures are in place to ensure that Ghana’s preparation would not affect the Stars preparation,” the committee said in a statement.

The statement read “We owe it a duty to update the general public having been in constant touch with the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) as well as the Sierra Leonean Football Association (SLFA).

The Committee has announced following consultation with the SLFA that there has not been any finality to the impasse.

“The Sierra Leone Football Association has informed us about an impending meeting with the government of Sierra Leone, regarding the way forward today (Monday, October 8, 2018).

Meanwhile the Leone Stars are in camp preparing for the match in Kumasi.”

“We underscore the importance of keeping all arrangements to have the match played intact until the final determination by Sierra Leone who have their destiny in their own hands. The Black Stars technical team remains focused for the task ahead.”

The Committee acknowledged the apprehension of the general public upon hearing the news but assured that it will continue to engage FIFA, CAF as well as the SLFA and keep Ghanaian football fans posted.

“It is of the essence that we take the best decision under the present circumstance in the supreme interest of Ghana Football. We urge calm among Ghanaians as the GFA Normalization Committee continues to engage FIFA, CAF and SLFA.”

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