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GFA deny Sierra Leone permission to play Afcon qualifiers in Ghana

The Ghana Football Association has released a statement saying it cannot grant Sierra Leone access to the country for their qualifiers.

Sierra Leone had asked for permission to play some of its African Cup qualifiers in Ghana because of the Ebola outbreak at home.

The Confederation of African Football said in a statement on Tuesday that Sierra Leone indicated it wanted to move its home ties in the final qualifying round to Ghana.

Caf said the request had been made to Ghanaian authorities and ‘necessary reviews are being undertaken.’

As Citi Sports reported earlier, the GFA have now responded, asking their West African neighbours to deal with the matter at a governmental level.

Statement in full

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has received a request from our brothers at the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) seeking to play their 2015  Africa Cup of Nations qualifying home matches in Accra.

The Sierra Leoneans are seeking to play their home qualifying matches in Accra because of the Ebola outbreak in their country.
While the GFA is keen on helping out our brothers from Sierra Leone, we are uncertain about the health implications for our country.
Therefore the GFA has asked the SLFA to ask their government to make a formal request to the government of Ghana for consideration by the Ministry of Health.
It is based on this report from Ghana’s Ministry of Health that a decision will be taken.
Quickly spreading
Sierra Leone’s government cancelled all football there because of the deadly virus, which is thought to have killed over 1,000 people in Sierra  Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and may have spread to Nigeria.

Caf still has to rule if Guinea, the country believed to be the source of the outbreak, is allowed to play qualifiers at home.

Gary Al-Smith/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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