Cape Town -,Guinea and Sierra Leone have been ordered to move their African
Nations Cup qualifiers next month to neutral territory following the
outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa, which has killed more than 1 000 people.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on
Tuesday that Liberia, who are out of the Nations Cup, must also move
international matches although there are none imminent at senior, club
or junior level.
Sierra Leone had already asked Ghana to host
their game against the Democratic Republic of Congo next month but have
received an uncertain response.
The Ebola epidemic - the world's largest and deadliest so far - has killed 1 013 in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.
World Health Organization has declared an international health
emergency as it predicts the epidemic will continue for months.
has asked the three federations to relocate to a neutral country
matches their teams are hosting in CAF competitions for a period up to
mid-September," said a statement from African soccer's governing body.
were due to host Togo on 5 Sepember in their opening Group E qualifier
while Sierra Leone's first home game is on 10 September against DR Congo in
Sierra Leone, where the FA suspended all football last
week, had already made plans to move their tie, asking Ghana to host the
"The Ghana Football
Association has received a request from our brothers at the Sierra Leone
Football Association seeking to play their qualifying home matches in
Accra," the Ghana FA (GFA) said in a statement on Tuesday.
the GFA is keen on helping out our brothers from Sierra Leone, we are
uncertain about the health implications for our country.
the GFA has asked the SLFA (Sierra Leone FA) to ask their government to
make a formal request to the government of Ghana for consideration by
the Ministry of Health.
"It is based on this report from Ghana's Ministry of Health that a decision will be taken."
this month, Sierra Leone had a walkover in their playoff tie when the
Seychelles refused the squad entry into the country because of fears of
spreading the virus.
The Seychelles forfeited the tie, enabling
Sierra Leone to qualify for the group stage of the preliminaries ahead
of next January's finals in Morocco.
Togo had already said its government was likely to stop its squad from travelling to Guinea.
Liberia suspended all football activity two weeks ago.