Ebola: Lesotho U-20 Refuse to Travel to Nigeria for AYC Qualifier

Lesotho have pulled out of Saturday’s 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) final qualification round against Nigeria, after expressing their fears over the Ebola virus crisis in the region.

The government of the Sotho people is understood to have placed travel ban on people arriving from areas affected by the deadly disease outbreak.

Lesotho FA general secretary Mokhosi Mohapi told BBC Sport that the government order would automatically prevent the country’s squad from “returning back into the country if they left for the game.”

A Man Wearing a Protective Face Mask Arrive at the Murtala Muhammed  International Airport Lagos. Image: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images
A Man Wearing a Protective Face Mask Arrive at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos. Image: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images

The LFA added that they “won’t forfeit the match” and have written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) about the chances of postponing the AYC qualifier, billed for Kaduna.

Caf are yet to comment on the recent development.

If Lesotho were forced to forfeit the qualifier, the Flying Eagles advance to the group stages of the tournament, which comes up in Senegal in March.

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