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Ebola causes CAF scare

The CAF says Guinea and Sierra Leone must play their Afcon qualifiers on neutral ground due to the outbreak.

FILE: A nurse wears protective clothing as he demonstrates the facilities in place at the Royal Free Hospital in north London on 6 August 2014, in preparation for a patient testing positive for the Ebola virus. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced that Guinea and Sierra Leone must play their 2015 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) home qualifiers on neutral ground due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The CAF say the games must be played on neutral ground until mid-next month as they continue to monitor the situation.

The Ebola outbreak is the world's largest and deadliest and the World Health Organisation last week declared it an international health emergency.

So far, more than 1,000 people have died - the vast majority in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The decision to move the Afcon 2015 qualifiers to neutral venues comes after Sierra Leone asked the Ghana Football Association to stage their home game against Congo on 10 September in Accra due to the outbreak.

The CAF also says members of the countries travelling delegations must be examined prior to departure for games.

The Rwandan Football Association has also taken precautions against the outbreak by requesting CAF move their clash against Nigeria on 6 September to another venue.