February 12, 2015 By Sahr Morris Jr.
Kamboi Eagles of Sierra Leone will now use the Stade de Chlef Boumezrag as their home ground for the return leg tie in the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary round qualifiers.
The decision was finally made after officials of both the Algeria Football Federation (FAF) and the Association Sportive Olympique de Chlef (ASO Chlef) had held several meetings to reach a final conclusion on the issue.
It was earlier on feared that the Sierra Leone FA Cup winners’ return leg clash against ASO Chlef could be in doubt due to none availability of a venue by then.
Kamboi Eagles officials had made a request to their Algerian counterparts but both the FAF and ASO Chlef were unable to make a final decision. Algeria’s online media dzfoot.com quoted ASO Chlef club president, Abdelkrim Medouar, as saying that such a decision will only be made four days after the first leg tie.
However, after several talks following Kamboi Eagles’ arrival in Algeria on Tuesday, both FAF and ASO Chlef agreed that the match would be played on March 1 at the Stade de Chlef Boumezrag.
The Eagles were expected to host their Algerian opponents in Freetown on the weekend of February 27 – March 1, but Africa’s football governing body, CAF maintained their ban on West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak – Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia – from hosting any international football due to the fears of the virus spread.
The two sides will meet on Sunday February 15 for the first leg tie in Algeria, and already the Sierra Leonean side had conducted their first training session on Wednesday following their arrival on Tuesday evening.