Sierra Leone picks Nigeria for AFCON qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire
Nigeria will host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between the reigning champions, Cote d’Ivoire and the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone, the NFF announced yesterday.
The game, a Matchday 2 clash in Group I of the Africa Cup of Nations qualification series, will hold at either the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos or the Adokiye Amiesieamaka Stadium, Port Harcourt on Sunday, September 6.
NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said on receiving the request from the Sierra Leone Football Association, which is the host association for the match, the federation approached the Federal Ministry of Health for a go-ahead.
“We are delighted to announce that we have received the go-ahead from the Federal Ministry of Health to host the match. 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. The NFF has initiated discussions with the Lagos State Government and the Rivers State Government on preventive measures, such as keeping Sierra Leone’s small delegation in a special hotel where they can be monitored at all times.”