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AFCON host announced

By Natali Iverson - Nov 14, 2014
AFCON host announced

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has officially announced Equatorial Guinea as the host of the 2015 Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament, after Morocco requested that the competition be postponed due to fears of the Ebola virus entering their country. The tournament is expected to kick-off on the 17th of January before concluding on the 8th of February.

CAF stripped Morocco of their title as AFCON hosts and disqualified the North African country from the tournament earlier this week, after the Royal Moroccan Football Federation said they would not hold the event unless it was postponed until June next year or January 2016. 

Equatorial Guinea was originally disqualified from the competition in July, as they fielded an ineligible player in an AFCON qualifying match against Mauritania. They will now have the opportunity to host the event and have been re-entered into the tournament.

CAF made the decision during a meeting between Equatorial Guinea's president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema, and CAF president Issa Hayatou, in Malabo on Friday.

"The head of state of Equatorial Guinea agreed to host the competition. As a result, the CAF executive committee confirm that the tournament will go ahead,” a statement from African soccer's governing body said.

"CAF wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Equatorial Guinean people, its government and particularly president Obiang Nguema," the statement concluded.


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