After uncertainty, Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has finally secured a venue for a training match between the West African country’s national team against Malawi’s Flames today.
The Leone Stars welcome the Flames at Siaka Stevens Stadium, Freetown in what is Sierra Leone’s first match at home since they entertained Seychelles in July 2014.
BBC Sports reported over the weekend that the match was almost cancelled over a $10,000 (K7 million) fee, which was demanded by Paul Kamaram, Sierra Leone sports minister, whose contract is currently terminated.
SLFA told BBC Sport that they will not pay any cash for the use of the stadium.
This will be the third friendly meetings between Leone Stars and the Flames, with the latter winning the previous two encounters in Lilongwe way back in 1978.
There has never been a competitive fixture between the two teams.
The match is Sierra Leone’s preparation for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Gabon — away on Friday. The Flames are also set to play in Guinea in a Group L qualifier on the same day.
Malawi, third in the group with a point from two games, host Guinea on March 29 in Blantyre. Swaziland and Zimbabwe top the group on four points and will also be meeting on Friday.