Ghana focused on preparations for Afcon qualifier despite Fifa's ban on Sierra Leone, says Yeboah

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Excl: Amid the Leone Stars' troubles with Fifa, the Black Stars will continue preparations until otherwise according to the Normalization Committee

Ghana football's Normalization Committee communications director Dan Kwaku Yeboah says plans for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Sierra Leone remain unchanged despite the visitors' recent troubles with Fifa.  

On Friday, the world football's governing body handed an immediate suspension to Sierra Leone Football Association due to government interference, meaning the game against Ghana may likely not hold.

However, Yeboah believes things could be sorted out before the first encounter slated for Wednesday October 11.

"We have decided not to abort the plans for the game against Sierra Leone including the training schedules," Yeboah told Goal.

"Although, the letter from Fifa to Sierra Leone confirmed that they have been banned and that will automatically affect the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against them next week, we still believe anything can happen between now and the day for the game so we are preparing as planned.

"When Nigeria were handed a ban by Fifa, it was overturned within 48 hours because they met the requirements from Fifa. This means that Sierra Leone can also see their ruling overturned if their government allows the FA officials to have access to the association's headquarters.

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"If Ghana halts camping plans and the decision is overturned by Monday or Tuesday, it will affect us so we're expecting a full house and the referees for the game as well," he added.

The first leg is scheduled for October 11 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi while the return fixture is billed for October 14 in Freetown.

 

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