Abuja - The delegation of Senior National Team of Sierra Leone, known as
Leone Stars, will arrive in Lagos on Monday for Sunday’s 2017 Africa Cup of
Nations Matchday 2 clash with African champions, Cote d’Ivoire.
Thenff.com learnt on Sunday that the Leone Stars, to be made up of
32 persons and to be led by President of the Sierra Leone Football Association,
Isha Johansen, will fly into Lagos aboard an Air Ivoire flight and stay at the
Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island.
Sunday’s clash between the Leone Stars and the Elephants at the
23,000 –capacity Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos will be the first time that
Nigeria will host a competitive football game involving two other countries in
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The Nigeria Football Federation began the necessary moves to get
Government approval for the hosting after a request by the Sierra Leone
Football Association, which was supported by CAF. The ban on Sierra Leone from
hosting international football matches following the outbreak of the ebola
virus pandemic in 2014 is yet to be lifted, compelling the Leone Stars to play
‘home’ matches away from home.
The Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, champions of Africa, are expected
in Lagos on Wednesday.
Chairman of the NFF Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory
Committee, Emeka Inyama, who is playing a key role in the organization of the
Leone Stars/Elephants match, said on Sunday that all matters have been working
out as planned.
“There are no problems at all and we do not expect any. We are on
ground in Lagos to organize a hitch –free game and we have taken into
consideration even the minutest details related to the organization,” Inyama