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Ebola means Guinea, Sierra Leone games moved

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 13, 2014 at 5:45 am •  Published: August 13, 2014
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CAIRO (AP) — African Cup qualifiers scheduled to be played in Ebola-affected Guinea and Sierra Leone will be moved to other countries, the Confederation of African Football said on Wednesday.

CAF said in a statement that the Sept. 5 Guinea vs. Togo match and the Sept. 10 Sierra Leone vs. Congo game will be played at venues yet to be decided.

The Associated Press reported the decision on Tuesday.

CAF will reassess the situation in mid-September, it said, with Guinea also set to host Ghana and Uganda in October and November respectively. Sierra Leone has asked to play all three of its home ties — against Congo, Cameroon and Ivory Coast — in neutral Ghana.

Over 1,000 people have died in the Ebola outbreak in the West African countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The virus has also now spread to Nigeria. Africa's football body said all other qualifiers, including those involving defending champion Nigeria, would go ahead as planned. Liberia is not involved in the final qualifying competition.

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