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Sierra Leone to host AFCON2023 qualifying home matches in Guinea

by Alhassan Lamin Kargbo

The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has on Sunday, April 23, 2022, confirmed that they have reached an agreement with the Guinean Football Federation for the use of the Stade General Lansana in Conakry to host all Leone Stars’ home AFCON2023 qualifying matches.

This is coming after the Confederation of African Football imposed a ban on the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown, citing that it does not meet international standards to host international matches. 

Sierra Leone’s qualification matches for the upcoming 34th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will commence in May and they will face Nigeria, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome, or Mauritius in Group A to secure a spot in the tournament. 

The qualification campaign for Sierra Leone will start against Nigeria, they will then host Guinea Bissau two weeks later in Conakry. Subsequent matches will be played from September this year to March 2023. 

The Government of Sierra Leone with help from the Chinese Aide is currently renovating and upgrading the Siaka Steven Stadium and that will last for two years. 

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