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Ghana shamed as DR Congo agrees to host Sierra Leone AFCON match in Lubumbashi

Published on: 31 August 2014
Ghana shamed as DR Congo agrees to host Sierra Leone AFCON match in Lubumbashi

Ghana has been shamed after the Democratic Republic of Congo agreed to host Sierra Leone's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations home qualifier next week.

Sierra Leone, who are close friends with Ghana, pleaded with the Ghanaian authorities to host their home matches of the qualifiers in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

That is because the Leone Stars were ordered by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to be play at a neutral venue because of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The country had already suspended all football activities before Caf ordered the match to be relocated.

The Sierra Leonean authorities wrote to the Ghana Football Association to request to play their home matches in the qualifier in Accra but the local federation referred the matter to the Ghanaian government saying that the health authorities must clear Sierra Leone before the match is played.

The match was originally scheduled to take place in Freetown.

With time running out they approached DR Congo, their opponents for the match, to host the game in city of Lubumbashi on 10 September which they have agreed.

The secretary general of the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) Christopher Kamara told BBC Sport he was grateful to DR Congo for their support.

"I'm pleased to state that we'll host DR Congo in their country in the city of Lubumbashi. We are thankful to DR Congo as we contacted them at the eleventh hour and they responded positively.

"But they gave us conditions - one of which is that all officials travelling from Sierra Leone must undergo tests for Ebola and then be certified as safe by the World Health Organisation."

Christopher Kamara added that other nations like Ghana who were contacted as potential hosts turned down leading to disappointment.

"We also approached other countries such as Ghana and Morocco but they never responded, so we are making use of what is available to us."

Sierra Leone could approach still Ghana to host their subsequent matches in Accra.


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Paabio says:
    August 31, 2014 11:37 am
    Somebody please tell the writer of this article to change the caption pleeeaaasssee. We are talking of a health issue and all you think about is Ghana's shame abt refusing to host the Lone Stars in Accra? I hope he is aware what one man Patrick Sawyer has done to a whole country like Nigeria.
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    August 31, 2014 11:51 am
    What is the shame in this? Congo should host Sierra Leone. Are they not one of the countries that first introduced Ebola to Africa? The writer if this piece is rather ignorant. Ghana has for a long time been hosting our neighbors - Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Nigeria etc any time they are in trouble. But see how Ghanaians are mistreated by our neighbors especially in Nigeria and Ivory Coast. This time the citizens of Ghana said an emphatic "No" to Sierra Leone's request. Our economy is not in a good shape to fight an Ebola epidemic. What don't you understand about this? Go burn the sea.
  • Dr Who says:
    August 31, 2014 11:58 am
    They should play all their matches in DR Congo.Good decision by the Ghana authorities....Sierra Leone and Ghana is not to far for their supporters to travel and spread the ebola virus.Screen the supporters too not only the players and officials.
  • Asem says:
    August 31, 2014 01:37 pm
    Dr. you are right!the supporters cann't afford the plane ticket as its same or more than the tarif to europe!
  • Thegreatest says:
    August 31, 2014 01:57 pm
    Ghanaians did not say NO. Corrupt NDC government said NO because Sierra Leone refused to contribute towards their 2016 campaign. Shame.
  • Mr south africa says:
    August 31, 2014 02:26 pm
    why would one deliberately allow such risk through their DR Congo prepared for what can be brought about hosting Guinea. at first I had thought S.A with our better health system we can deal with this Ebola but seeing so many health care workers dying in Liberia it's shocking. Ghana took the correct decision
  • Kobs says:
    August 31, 2014 02:39 pm
    Come on GSN use sense....this disease is not contained and Ghana does not have the facilities to cope. Shame would be to allow entry when a country is not prepared in order to save that would be a disgrace!
  • blaq board education says:
    August 31, 2014 03:35 pm
    What is shame, how is Ghana shamed? I need answers to my questions GSN.What kind of journalism is this? Here we are in our own country, we made our decision not to host them and GH is not the only country. Am ashame the kind of journalism GSM is practising
  • Kenkey says:
    August 31, 2014 03:55 pm
    Those journalists at GSN are all drunkards,hence their spewing of shit.
  • gabriel tenuo says:
    August 31, 2014 09:01 pm