Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos state governor, has declined to host the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie between Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone earlier scheduled to take place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The reason: the state government said it could not risk the Ebola Virus, which is still transmissible in Sierra Leone, according to africanFootball.com reports.
“Lagos government is not comfortable for the match to be played in Lagos. The government doesn’t want to take risks. The officials argued that they have lost a lot of money and top personalities on account of the Ebola scourge,” africanFootball.com quoted a Lagos-based sports editor as saying on the matter.
“So, Lagos will not stage the match between Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire.” The match might be played in Rivers state, where talks have been held between the Nigerian Football Federation and the government.