Morocco might not host the 2015 African Cup of Nations

Morocco might not host the 2015 African Cup of Nations due the the Ebola virus disease outbreak in west Africa, the country has reportedly stated that it put the health and safety of it’s citizens above all else. Google+

African Cup of Nations TrophyThe 2015 African Cup of Nations, which as things stand will be hosted by Morocco, are underway and all nations – including those affected by the Ebola virus disease outbreak are taking part in hopes are earning a spot in the last 16 which head to Morocco next year.

Morocco, for fear of the Ebola virus disease spreading to their country, have reportedly given the Confederation of African Football (CAF) three  scenarios;

  • To either let them host the 2017 African Cup of Nations which was originally set to be hosted by South Africa (now to be hosted by Libya) but later switched with Libya who were going to host the 2013 tournament but could due to the revolution in that country.
  • CAF postpone the 2015 Afcon to 2016.
  • Morocco pull out as hosts and face whatever sanction that CAF may impose on them.

The media reported that should CAF fail to reach an amicable solution with Morocco, the country will pull out as hosts and take whatever punishment CAF renders – this is as a result of the importance of the safety of the country citizens.

It has been speculated that South African may be asked by CAF to host the 2015 Afcon. South Africa hosted the 2013 Afcon in the place of Libya as a result of the war in that country and had previously hosted the 1996 Afcon in the place of Kenya who faced a financial crisis

It has also been reported that Sudan had previously requested CAF to consider them as the alternative host country.

Egypt is another country that has reportedly expressed interest in hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Furthermore; reports have surfaced stating that CAF wrote a letter to South Africa and Ghana among other nations formally asking them if they would be interested in taking over from Morocco.

CAF and Morocco will discuss the issue on November 2, 2014 and the CAF delegation will later travel to Morocco for final talks before any decision is made.

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations is scheduled to get underway in Morocco on January 17, 2015 and conclude on February 8, 2015.



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