Sierra Leone Football Association and Guinea Football Federation have today, in a meeting held at the Guinea Football Federation secretariat, successfully reached an agreement to host Sierra Leone’s home matches in the upcoming AFCON 2023 Qualifiers at the Stade General Lansana Conte in Conakry Guinea
A four-man delegation led by Chris Kamara from the Sierra Leone Football Association on Saturday afternoon arrived in Conakry capital of Guinea to discuss with the Guinea Football Association on the use of the Lansana Conte Stadium for Leone Stars’ home matches in the African Cup of Nations 2023 Qualifiers against Nigeria, Guinea Bissau, and Sao Tome/Mauritius.
The move by the Sierra Leone Football Association was prompted by CAF after the African Football ruling body gave a deadline for countries to present the venue they are going to use for their home games. CAF on Friday gave April 29th, 2022 as the deadline date for all the 48 African countries drawn in various groups to submit the venues for their home matches and failure to do that will attract a penalty.
Sierra Leone’s national stadium, Siaka Stevens National Stadium failed to meet CAF’s required standard, which led to the quick intervention of the government of Sierra Leone as they signed a contract with China to renovate the stadium in order to meet international standards.
Sierra Leone Football Association has swiftly responded by travelling to Guinea to discuss bilateral plans. The four-man delegation met with Sierra Leone Deputy Ambassador to Guinea, HE Amid Taal and their intention is to have Leone Stars’ home matches played at the Lassana Conte Stadium after Siaka Steven failed to meet the required standard set by CAF.