Ebola: Morocco Will No Longer Host Nations Cup


In a shocking twist of events, the Confederation
of African football (CAF) is expected to look for
a new host for the 2015 African Nations Cup as
agreed hosts, Morocco, on Thursday,
announced that they will no longer be hosting
the bi-annual football tournament.
The North African country, who interestingly will
be hosting the FIFA World Club tournament, had
earlier asked CAF to postpone the tournament
due to the spread of Ebola virus in parts of
West Africa.
However, the continental football body insisted
that the tournament would go ahead in January
2015 as originally scheduled. It was in this light
that Morocco has now informed CAF that the
tournament poses health and security risk to its
citizens if it should hold on the earlier agreed
date. And since both parties could not reach a
compromise, they are no longer interested in
hosting the competition.
Morocco’s withdrawal puts the leadership of
CAF in a desperate position. With less than
three months to go to the kickoff of the
competition, the continental football governing
body is yet to announce replacement for the
North African country.
Already, host of the 2013 edition, South Africa
are said to be on standby to host the
tournament while Ghana is also said to be
ready to host the football showpiece.