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Guinea Football Federation has been cleared to host teams such as Malawi national football team in the second round of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers to get underway in March.

Confederation of African Football (Caf) cleared Guinea after the World Health Organization (WHO) on 29 December 2015, declared that the West African nation is now Ebola free.

Caf general secretary, Hicham El Amrani, wrote to his Guinean Football Federation counterpart, Salifou Camara, on January 4, confirming the lifting of the ban that prevented the association from hosting international matches due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

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“Caf thereby confirms lifting the ban on the organisation of continental matches in Guinea, and for all competitions organised by Caf,” the letter said.

The ban had been in effect since August 2014.

Fam general secretary, Suzgo Nyirenda, yesterday welcomed the lifting of the ban, saying the association is likely to cut some travelling costs.

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“We will be communicating with our colleagues in Guinea on some of the logistics regarding the two matches which will be played in five days. The budget may be slightly lower than when this match could have been played at a neutral venue in Casablanca – Morocco,” Nyirenda said.

Guinea were, due to the ban, playing its home matches in Morocco. With a point from two games, Guinea anchor Group L which has the Flames lying third also with just a point followed by Swaziland and Zimbabwe on second and first positions respectively.

Nyirenda said following the lifting of the ban, Guinea will host the Flames at 26th September Stadium in Conakry on the weekend of March 26 followed by the reverse fixtures within five days.

Malawi started off the qualifiers with a 2-1 home loss against Zimbabwe following a 2-2 draw in Swaziland.

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