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Liberia cleared by CAF to host football matches at home

Ahram Online , Friday 22 May 2015
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A Samaritan's Purse medical personnel demonstrates personal protective equipment to educate volunteers on the Ebola virus in Liberia, in this undated handout photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse (Reuters)
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Liberia has been given the all-clear by CAF to host matches at home following the end of the Ebola epidemic in the country, the African governing body said on Friday.

"CAF has through a circular dated Thursday, 21 May 2015 and signed by General Secretary, Hicham El Amrani informed its 54 Member Associations that the Liberia Football Association has received authorization to host CAF competitions on their territory," the body said on its official website.

"This follows a further exchange of correspondence between CAF and the World Health Organization (WHO). The latter confirmed that Liberia was officially declared “Ebola Free” on 9 May 2015, and hence advised CAF to allow the possibility to host football matches in the West African country which was hit by the epidemic over a year ago."

Liberia was banned from staging games at home in July 2014 because of the Ebola crisis.

"Meanwhile, Guinea and Sierra Leone, two other African countries still affected by the Ebola Virus, cannot host CAF competitions in their territories," CAF added.

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