Ghana To Play Kotoko After Sierra Leone Qualifier Cancelled

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Black Stars will play Asante Kotoko in a friendly on Friday, October 12, at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, the GFA Normalisation Committee have confirmed.

The team was due to take on Sierra Leone in a doubleheader 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier but the games have been called off by CAF.

This is after Sierra Leone failed to meet conditions aimed at lifting the Fifa-imposed suspension of the country’s FA.

Sierra Leone incurred the wrath of Fifa after their Anti-Corruption Commission barred FA president Isha Johansen and general secretary Christopher Kamara from using the premises of the association while the pair was being investigated on corruption charges.

Both have denied any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, Fifa rejected a request by the SLFA – signed by Isha Johansen in her capacity as President – to lift the suspension.

The request was made after an emergency meeting of SLFA and sport ministry officials – featuring both excluded officials – which was aimed at trying to convince Fifa to rescind the ban.

But Fifa’s basic demand that the President and General Secretary be reinstated has not been met, leading to the cancellation of the matches.

It is not immediately clear if the move means permanent disqualification from the race to Cameroon 2019 for Sierra Leone – or what the consequences are for the other teams in the group, Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Ghana have three points from their opening two games and occupy the first position in Group F due to a superior goal difference.

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