The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has warned that Ivory Coast stand the risk of disqualification from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they abandon their qualifier against Sierra Leone for fears over Ebola.
A Confederation of African Football spokesman told BBC Sport: "If a country forfeits one qualifier, they will be disqualified from the championship."
But the Ivorian government said the match scheduled for 6 September in Abidjan, will not be played.
Ivory Coast said their options are either to relocate the game or forfeit it because Sierra Leone, one of the six nations with cases of Ebola virus. The Ivorian government is concerned the deadly virus could be brought into the country.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to minimise any risk, Sierra Leone have named a squad of players based outside the country.
CAF in the hand said that as far as it was concerned the game would be played in Abidjan as scheduled.