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Monday, April 7, 2008
Guinea face stadium ban for World Cup qualifiers
CONAKRY, April 7 (Reuters) - FIFA has told Guinea to fix
security concerns at their national stadium or face forfeiting
home advantage for their 2010 World Cup qualifiers, the Guinea
Football Federation said on Monday.
The federation said world soccer's governing body had told
them to make several improvements to the September 28th stadium
in Conakry or face having to play at a neutral venue when they
start their qualifying campaign in June.
Guinea are scheduled to host Zimbabwe on June 1 and Namibia
on June 22.
The Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone have
already both announced they face similar bans on their stadiums
following FIFA inspections last year.
The Congolese were handed a deadline to guarantee
improvements to their stadium in Kinshasa or face having to move
their qualifiers from the capital where they have previously
played all their competitive internationals.
Sierra Leone said they planned to move upcoming matches
against Equatorial Guinea and South Africa to nearby Gambia
after their stadium was found to be a security risk.