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CAF orders Guinea to play Ghana at neutral venue in AFCON qualifiers

Published on: 13 August 2014
The Black Stars will not travel to Guinea if the Ebola situation does not improve

Ghana will play Guinea at a neutral venue Sierra Leone after CAF told them to relocate their home Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers because of the Ebola virus outbreaks in their country.

According to a report on the BBC, three countries including Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia have been asked to play their home matches at neutral venues because of Ebola.

Caf says the measure will remain in place until mid-September.

It means at least the first two round of matches, scheduled for 5-6 and 10 September, will be affected.

This means Guinea's home match against the Black Stars scheduled for 11 October will be played at a neutral venue if the situation does not improve because of the outbreak of the dangerous disease.

Caf says it is "a preventative measure to avoid mass gatherings that could facilitate the spread of the virus".

To date, the World Health Organisation has reported 1848 cases of Ebola, which have resulted in 1013 deaths mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Sierra Leone had already said it would not host any football matches until further notice and they have asked Ghana if they can host their Group D matches there.

As a result of Caf's directive, Guinea will need to find a new venue for their Group E tie against Togo.

Caf has also moved to allay fears centred on the countries' away fixtures, saying that "each federation whose country is affected by the virus must ensure their delegations travelling abroad can be examined before departure".

It added that "each national association receiving delegations must communicate the necessary information delivered by health authorities to ensure the reception of teams... and if necessary to provide additional checks at arrival points".

Sierra Leone are due to play Ivory Coast, DR Congo and Cameroon in the last round of qualifying, which runs from early September to mid-November.

Guinea's group also includes Ghana and Uganda.

The qualifying competition will decide the 15 teams to join hosts Morocco at the Nations Cup finals in January and February next year.


  • banger says:
    August 13, 2014 11:17 am
  • Mumbi says:
    August 13, 2014 09:06 am
    Let the game be played in the GAZA strip.
  • Dasaintshy says:
    August 14, 2014 11:02 am
    Mumbi, have taken a shower today or even brush your teeth? Hope you are cleaning that uncircumsized penis very well because you know thus what makes your men stink! If you urinate please take a shower because your foreskin that is not removed will collect the remanants and you will develop body odor. Is just an advice. Am just trying to help you join the human race. No hard feelings ....
  • selfmade says:
    August 13, 2014 04:17 pm
    Caf should suspend this CRAP of a tournament!
  • Junta says:
    August 13, 2014 01:30 pm
    Then let's meet in Dakar.
  • A concerned citizen says:
    August 13, 2014 03:29 pm
    Thank God our voice was heard...They would have done the wrong thing
  • Edward says:
    August 13, 2014 07:40 pm
    I dont understand the above directive. It was said Ghana should play Guinea in a neutral venue Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is more infested than Guinea. It needs more clarification.