Sierra Leone cleared to host international matches

SIERRA Leone can again host international matches now that the country is free of Ebola.

The Confederation of African Football had banned Sierra Leone from hosting matches upon the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.

But the ban, which took effect in August 2014, has now been lifted following the end of the Ebola epidemic in the West African country.

CAF told the Sierra Leone Football Association by letter on December 6. Guinea and Liberia were also banned from hosting matches because of the threat of Ebola in their countries.

While Liberia has been given the go-ahead to resume internationals, Guinea have not yet been cleared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and so the CAF suspension remains in place.

Guinea currently host games in Mali and Morocco, while Sierra Leone fulfilled home 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire at the grounds of their opponents and collected only one point.

Ebola in Sierra Leone killed almost 4,000 people before the nation was declared free of transmission last month.

Sierra Leone captain and former Norwich striker Kei Kamara likened the devastation caused by the Ebola outbreak in his country to “a sci-fi zombie movie.”


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