Ebola outbreak forces games in Sierra Leone, Guinea to be moved
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) have moved to switch African Cup qualifiers from two nations impacted by the Ebola virus.
Both Guinea and Sierra Leone were set to host games next month but in a statement released on Wednesday from secretary general Hicham El Amran, the CAF said both games will be moved to other countries.
Hoping that the situation will be resolved following these games the CAF will then “reassess the situation” in mid-September as Guinea are scheduled to host Ghana and Uganda this fall. As for Sierra Leone, they have asked to play all three of their home games in neighboring Ghana.
Over 1,000 people have now lost their lives since the Ebola outbreak began in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, while the virus has also spread to Nigeria.
CAF stated that all other qualifiers will go ahead and all members of the Guinean and Sierra Leone squads visiting other countries will be examined “in order to ensure that no member can transmit Ebola.” The host nations will also face additional checks in order to control the spread of the virus.
The final qualifying round of the African Cup of Nations will begin in September and run until mid-November. It will decide the 15 countries who will join hosts Morocco in the showpiece tournament next year.