By Sulayman Bah Mali’s government has turned down Liberia Football Association’sREAL-BYC CAF request for Barrack Young Controllers (BYC) to host Gambia’s champions there, Foroyaa Sport can report. Bamako was chosen as proposed neutral ground for BYC to play Real de Banjul in the second-leg after Confederation of African Footballbanned the Liberian side from playing in Monrovia amid ebola fears. Mali was later identified as ideal venue for the second-leg after Ghana and Ivory Coast -neighbours to Liberia -refused to be used as alternatives venues. However, for the match to be staged in Mali it will require government approval, a thing the current Bamako leadership refused to entertain reportedly for concerns over ebola recurrence after cases were uncovered there in the past months. The Liberian FA had earlier written to their Malian counterparts who are reported to have agreed but for government’s disapproval. News of the cancellation comes just after Real De Banjul began its journey for the second-leg and has since voiced its disappointment over the matters. Announcing the cancelation of the proposed match to the Gambia Football Federation yesterday said: ‘The Gambia Football Federation (GFF) regrets to announce that its representatives in the CAF Champions League preliminary qualifiers Real De Banjul FC will no longer travel to Bamako for the fixture against BYC in the second leg of the CAF Champions League Qualifying series. This development was communicated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that match Number 40: Barrack Young Controllers (Liberia) VS Real De Banjul (Gambia) will no longer take place in Bamako, Mali due to the refusal of Mali to host the said match. CAF has therefore called off the Bamako venue and is still awaiting the decision from the Liberia Football Association regarding the de-localisation of the said match before the schedule date. The GFF joins Real De Banjul FC to express regret for any inconvenience this change of plan might have caused. The matter is now left for CAF to decide.]]>

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