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Ivory Coast yet to secure venue for Sierra Leone clash

AUGUST 28, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.

The Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) says no venue has been picked to host Sierra Leone in the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier of early next month.

With less than 10 days away from the Elephants match against the Leone Stars in the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers, the venue for the encounter is yet to be arranged, according to the country’s football federation.

On Tuesday, the body said talks were underway to host the game in a neutral venue, but that no agreement had been reached.

Last week, the Ivorian government imposed a ban on the hosting of all sporting activities in the country due to threats of the Ebola disease, and said hosting the game in a country hit by the virus was too risky for locals.

The Ivorian FA said several proposals of an eventual venue were on the table and that ongoing negotiations involving the Ivorian government, CAF and the Sierra Leonean Football Association could yield a solution.

Both teams from Group C have been scheduled to face off against each other on September 6 in the Ivorian commercial capital of Abidjan.