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Sierra Leone to appeal CAF decision to postpone AFCON qualifier with Benin

Sierra Leone to appeal CAF decision to postpone AFCON qualifier with Benin

The Sierra Leone Football Association has revealed their intention to appeal against the decision of the Confederation of African Football to fix a new date for their clash against Benin Republic.

The Africa Cup of Nations Group L encounter could not take place as planned on Tuesday, March 30 at the National Stadium, Freetown due to a Covid-19 controversy.

“The Sierra Leone Football Association would like to inform the public that Caf has notified SLFA that the organizing committee of the African Cup of Nations has decided to postpone the match between Sierra Leone and Benin in the 2021 Afcon qualifiers until the next Fifa international window scheduled for June 2021,” a statement published by SLFA website on Wednesday read.

“Caf did not state the yardstick used by the committee to arrive at the said decision.

“Consequently, and in accordance with art. 83, 84 and 85 of the Afcon regulations which adequately address issues around failure to report for a match and/or refusal to play, of which there have been several precedents the Sierra Leone Football Association has resolved to appeal the decision of the Afcon organizing committee.

“SLFA is therefore calling on every Sierra Leonean especially football loving fans to stay calm as the matter is currently being pursued in line with the appropriate statutory provisions.”

As it stands, the Leone Stars occupy the third position in Group L having garnered three points. Victory over Benin will send them through to Cameroon 2022.

An African football Journalist based in the town of Kabwe, Zambia. Kelvin is a former Media Officer at Kabwe Warriors FC, a professional team that plays in the Zambian Super Division. He worked there for three years. He is also a freelance Photographer and Graphic designer. A co-presenter of a Sports Show on Power FM local radio station in Kabwe.

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