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Sierra Leone to host matches again after Ebola scare



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Sierra Leone is able to host football matches again after the African football confederation (CAF) lifted a ban put in place in August 2014 because of the Ebola epidemic.

“International football matches and CAF competitions can again be organised in the West African country, something which was not possible since August 2014 when CAF, upon the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO), suspended football matches in countries affected by the epidemic Ebola virus, namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” CAF said in a statement Monday.

“Of the three countries, Guinea is the only one yet to be given the green light to host CAF competitions, since they are not declared Ebola-free by the WHO.”

Guinea currently host games in Mali and Morocco, while Sierra Leone fulfilled home 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast at the grounds of their opponents and collected only one point.

Ebola in Sierra Leone killed almost 4,000 people before the west African nation was declared free of transmission last month.

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