CAF lifts ban on Guinea after being declared Ebola free

2925221031635_7286637990114The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has given Guinea the green light to host their home games after the West African nation was declared ‘Ebola Free’ by the World’s Health Organization (WHO).

CAF General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani notified the president of the Guinean Football Federation, Salifou Camara, on Monday 4 January 2016, about the lifting of the ban that prevented the member association from hosting international matches on its territory due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Part of the letter as quoted by cafonline.com

CAF has learned with joy and relief the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 29 December 2015, 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 had been in effect since August 2014. Guinea has been hosting their home games in Morocco.

The last game Guinea played in Casablanca was qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup against Namibia where the West Africans triumphed 2-0 before winning 1-0 in Windhock days later.

The previous ban, not only applied to the national team, but also the clubs that played in the CAF Champions and Confederations Cup tournaments.

The end of Ebola transmission in Guinea marks an important milestone in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The original chain of transmission started two years ago in Gueckedou, Guinea in late December 2013 and drove the outbreak which spread to neighbouring Liberia and Sierra Leone and, ultimately, by land and air travel to seven other countries.

More than 11 000 people were killed from over 28 000 reported cases.

source: myjoyonline.com

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