Côte d’Ivoire ready to withdraw from AFCON
Côte d’Ivoire is ready to withdraw from the Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015 qualifiers should CAF force them to host Sierra Leone on September 6.
The Elephants are scheduled to face the Ebola-hit nation in their Group D opener in Abidjan.
With a large part of the continent fighting the spread of the deadly virus, the Ivoirian government is set to refuse entry to the Sierra Leone national team regardless of the sporting consequences of such a decision.
“The Côte d’Ivoire authorities do not want to expose their people. They made an official statement which supports their views. And according to this statement, we are not allowed to host this game in Côte d’Ivoire,” Ivoirian Football Federation vice-president MalickTohé said in a press conference in Abidjan on Thursday.
“We took the matter to CAF for various options to be considered, including relocation or withdrawal,” the FIF official added, while insisting that “Sierra Leone, who want to play, assured that none of their players residing in the country will be picked.”
The discussions continue between FIF and the Ivoirian government.