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Ebola could cause Ivory Coast to forfeit qualifier, miss Africa cup

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Ivory Coast will not be allowed to compete in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if it elects against participating in a qualifying match against Sierra Leone due to concerns over Ebola, according to BBC Sport.

Ivory Coast's Football Federation said earlier this week it had received instruction from the Ivorian government to cancel or relocate the game, which was set to be staged in in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Sept. 6. 

A spokesman from the Confederation of African Football said that if a country forfeits a qualifying match, it will be disqualified.

CAF released a statement on its website earlier this week addressing scheduled matches.

CAF has not changed or made amendments to the announced schedule of fixtures for match days one and two of the final group phase of qualifying for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015.

Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus as stated in our circular to member countries on 12th August, 2014.

Sierra Leone, which earlier this month called off all football matches indefinitely, will field a team consisting of players based outside the country, one of four countries in West Africa hit hard by Ebola.

The number of reported cases of the deadly virus in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria and Liberia now exceeds 3,000.

- Chris Johnson

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