Soccer: Ebola football ban on west African countries to remain

By REUTERS
September 20, 2014 20:22
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ADDIS ABABA - Bans on Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone hosting any international football because of fears of spreading Ebola were kept in place by the Confederation of African Football, its executive committee decided on Saturday.

The three west African countries -- at the epicenter of the outbreak of the highly contagious disease -- had originally been banned from hosting all games until mid-September but has now been extended indefinitely, CAF announced.It means Guinea and Sierra Leone must again move scheduled African Nations Cup qualifiers to alternate venues next month.

Guinea had to play their opening group game against Togo in Morocco earlier this month and also last weekend staged an under-17 qualifying tie in Casablanca.

Sierra Leone could not find an alternate venue for their qualifier against the Democratic Republic of Congo 10 days ago and instead ceded home advantage to their opponents.

Liberia have no scheduled international matches in the near future.

Ebola has infected at least 5,357 people in West Africa this year, mainly in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, killing 2,630 of those, according to the World Health Organization. The disease has also been reported in Nigeria and Senegal but these two countries have not been banned from holding games by CAF.


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