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Ivory Coast govt. will allow Sierra Leone team in, qualifier can go ahead

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows a healthcare worker walking near a Ebola isolation unit wearing protective gear against the virus at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. They will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2014 file photo shows a healthcare worker walking near a Ebola isolation unit wearing protective gear against the virus at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. They will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems. (AP Photo/ Michael Duff, File)  (The Associated Press)

The Ivory Coast government says it will allow the Sierra Leone team in to play an African Cup qualifier after fears over Ebola put the game and Ivory Coast's place in the tournament in doubt.

The Ivorian government announced the decision late on Monday night after a meeting of its National Security Council.

Ivory Coast has restrictions on travel from countries affected by the deadly virus like Sierra Leone and initially said the squad would not be allowed in. The Confederation of African Football insisted Saturday's game should go ahead or Ivory Coast would forfeit its place in qualifying.

The Ivorian government said it was allowing the team in because none of the players been in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in the last 21 days.