Sierra Leone players barred from travelling over Ebola

By Drum Digital
01 August 2014

The Sierra Leone football squad has been prevented from traveling to the Seychelles for a weekend African Cup of Nations qualifier because of fears over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Players and officials were barred from boarding a plane in Nairobi, Kenya, on Thursday that would have taken them to the Seychelles capital of Victoria for Saturday's game.

The BBC reported that Seychelles immigration authorities decided not to allow the Sierra Leone party to travel to the Indian Ocean island because of Ebola, which has killed over 700 people in West African countries Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria.

The BBC also said Seychelles forfeited Saturday's game and a place in next year's African Cup as a result. The Seychelles Football Federation couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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