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Ivory Coast get go-ahead to host tie

2 September 2014
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Ivory Coast have been granted permission by their government to host their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Abidjan on Saturday as planned.

The Ivorian government had ruled the game could not be played in Abidjan because of fears over the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone.

Last week the Ivory Coast Football Federation said it was looking at neutral venues or even the possibility of forfeiting the match.

In an attempt to prevent Ebola getting into Ivory Coast the government had initially ruled that it would not be hosting any international sporting events.

Since the ban it has allowed a Confederation Cup match and African Under-20 Championship qualifier to be played in Ivory Coast.

Sierra Leone is one of six nations in Africa that has cases of Ebola the Ivorian government had been concerned the deadly virus could be brought into the country.

In an attempt to minimise any risk, Sierra Leone have named a squad of players based outside the country and assured that the coaching staff would be screened before travelling.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) had said that if Ivory Coast had forfeited the match they would have been disqualified

from the whole Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

DR Congo and Cameroon are the other two teams in Group