Sierra Leone have been cleared to host CAF organized competitions after more than a year of being deprived of home fixtures.
In August 2014, the Sierra Leone FA cancelled all football matches in an effort to stop the spread of the 2014 Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone, a week after the Liberian FA did the same. Sierra Leonean players playing outside of Sierra Leone, such as Michael Lahoud playing in the United States, were discriminated against, with opposition players refusing to swap shirts, shake hands and allow them to certain places of the stadium just because they fear that they could be carrying the disease. The Sierra Leonean national team isn’t allowed to play home games and all players must be foreign based.
In a letter dated 6 December 2015, signed by CAF Secretary General, Hicham El Amrani and addressed to president of the Sierra Leone Football Association, Isha Johansen, the revelation was made.
This therefore means that international football matches and CAF competitions can again be organized in the West African country, something which was not possible since August 2014 when CAF upon the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO) suspended football matches in countries affected by the epidemic Ebola virus, namely Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Of the three countries, Guinea is the only one yet to be given the green light to host CAF competitions, since they are not declared Ebola-free by the WHO.