Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has announced it will host its Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against Ivory Coast in the Teslim Balogun stadium, Lagos on September 6.
Due to the outbreak of Ebola in the West African country Sierra Leone has been banned from hosting international matches, and the ban on local matches in the country was lifted this month.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick revealed on Wednesday that his office received the request from the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) to host its AFCON qualifier match in the country, and the NFF reached out to the Federal Ministry of Health in view of this.
“We are delighted to announce that we have received the go-ahead from the Federal Ministry of Health to host the match. The Sierra Leoneans will come with a delegation of 32, made up of mostly overseas –based professionals, technical crew and officials of the SLFA, to be led by its president, Isha Johansen,” Pinnick said while speaking to thennf.com
“We are happy about the go-ahead because, once more, our country has an opportunity to underscore its leadership role on the African continent, nay global sphere. The NFF has initiated discussions with the Lagos State Government and the Rivers State Government on preventive measures, such as keeping Sierra Leone’s small delegation in a special hotel where they can be monitored at all times,” the president concluded.