Ivory Coast risks Nations Cup disqualification
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr.
The Elephants of Ivory Coast will be disqualified from the 2015 African Cup of Nations tournament if they decided to forfeit their qualifying match against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone because of fears over the Ebola virus.
The Ivorian government has stated that they will not allow the match, which is scheduled for 6 September in Abidjan, to go ahead as planned by the Africa football governing body, CAF and now the country’s football authorities said their options are “to relocate the game or forfeit it”.
CAF spokesman said: “If a country forfeits one qualifier, they will be disqualified from the championship.”
Sierra Leone is one of six nations with cases of Ebola and the Ivorian government is concerned the deadly virus could be brought into the country.
In an attempt to minimise any risk, Sierra Leone has named a squad of players based outside the country.
CAF had said last Thursday that as far it is was concerned the game would be played in Abidjan as scheduled.