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Sierra Leone to play AFCON qualifier in DRC

Published On 31/08/2014 | By Theo Sakyi | AFCON, Africa, Best of the Rest, International, Latest News, Top Stories

Sierra Leone are set to play their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Congolese city of Lubumbashi on September 10th.

The match had previously been scheduled to take place in Freetown, but the Sierra Leone Football Association were ordered find a new venue by the Confederation of African Football because of the recent Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone.

The secretary general of the Sierra Leone Football Association, Christopher Kamara, told BBC Sport he was pleased to announce that the SLFA had settled on a venue.

“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 said other nations had also been contacted in regards to hosting the qualifier but no response was received.

“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.”

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