Liberia Football Association’s request to have Sunday’s crucial Afcon qualifier moved away from the Democratic Republic of Congo hit a brick-wall after the CAF declined the proposal.

Liberia had expressed their concerns over the Ebola epidemic in the Central African country, but the continental football body says the host city, Kinshasa, is safe and the match will go on as planned. The Group G fixture is scheduled for Stade des Martyrs in the Congolese capital City.

“According to reports, the virus is located very far from Kinshasa, and there is no risk of organising the DR Congo versus Liberia match in the said venue as scheduled,” Caf’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, told the BBC.

“Caf is in contact with [the] WHO (World Health Organisation) and is following the situation closely to ensure the organisation of the match in the best conditions.”

Group G is still open and any two teams can qualify for this year’s finals in Egypt. Zimbabwe currently lead the pool with eight points and just need to avoid a defeat to Congo.

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