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2017 African Cup of Nations Nigeria to host Sierra Lone games following Ebola outbreak

The Nigeria Footballer Federation today, Wednesday, August 19 announced that they will be helping Sierra Leone to host their game

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Nigeria will be hosting Sierra Lone's 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifers against defending champions Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday, September 6.

West African countries, Sierra Leone and Guinea have been barred from hosting matches since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus last year there.

The Nigeria Footballer Federation today, Wednesday, August 19 announced that they will be helping Sierra Leone to host their game in either the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos or the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt.

We are delighted to announce that we have received the go-ahead from the Federal Ministry of Health to host the match,” NFF President Amaju Pinnick said.

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.

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."

Pinnick revealed that they have kicked of discussion with Lagos State Government and the Rivers State Government on the Ebola preventive measures for  the game.

That weekend, the Super Eagles will be in Tanzania for their game of the 2017 AFCON qualifers.

Watch highlights of Super Eagles last game with Chad, below:

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