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Morocco Bows Out as AFCON Host Due to Ebola

  • AS, Friday, October 17, 2014 1:43 PM

Morocco has officially decided not to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations due to the ongoing Ebola epidemic in the region. The Moroccan government, which informed CAF, the continent’s governing body, of the decision on Friday, had proposed three possible solutions to CAF: to postpone the competition until 2016; to host the 2017 tournament in place of South Africa; or to cancel it altogether.

According to SuperSport.com, the Moroccan Sports Ministry said: "The CAF refused all of our proposals and for that reason we are withdrawing as host nation of the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON). We wish to assure the security of our citizens and we are ready to assume the consequences.”

While Sudan and Egypt have put themselves forward as alternative hosts, South Africa is also being mooted as a potential option to host the tournament. The 2010 World Cup host just hosted the 2012 AFCON tournament, but it could prove to be the best alternative given its existing stadium infrastructure.

A decision over whether to postpone or cancel the tournament is expected on Nov 2.

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