Ebola: CAF lifts 16 months ban on Guinea to host international, club matches

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The Confederation of African football has lifted the 16-month ban placed on Guinea that has restricted them from hosting international and club games following the declaration of the World Health Organisation as Ebola free.

The west African country was restricted from hosting football matches in August 2014 in the wake of the Ebola outbreak in the country around December 2013.

The Ebola outbreak, which started two years ago, killed more than 2,500 people in Guinea.

A letter signed by the Caf Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani directed to the president of the Guinea Football Federation Salifou Camara, disclosed the good news.

“Caf has learned with joy and relief the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 29 December, officially confirming that Guinea is now declared Ebola free.

“Caf thereby confirms lifting the ban on the organization of continental matches in Guinea, and for all competitions organized by Caf.”

The ban lift means Guinea will be able to play Malawi in Conakry in March as the pursuit for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket continues.

Guinea is the last of the three west African countries to be cleared. Sierra Leone’s ban was lifted last month after also being imposed in August 2014 while Liberia was cleared to host matches in May.

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