Ricochet News

AFCON to be held in another country

By Natali Iverson - Oct 17, 2014
AFCON to be held in another country

South Africa and Ghana have been asked by the African Cup of Nations organisers if they would host the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after Morocco reportedly said they would not hold the tournament due to Ebola fears.

The AFCON tournament is said to take place between the 17th of January and the 8th of February next year.

Morocco had requested whether the games could be postponed to 2016, as they feared it would cause a spread of the Ebola virus, if the tournament continued next year. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) denied this request last week.

A letter from CAF secretary general, Hicham El Amrani, was sent out to a number of national associations, asking if they would be ready to host the tournament.

The letter reads as follows,

"In case Morocco refuses to maintain the staging of the competition at the agreed dates, CAF would like to know whether your federation would be willing and able to organise the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

"Kindly note that this letter is also sent to some other federations capable of staging the 2015 edition of the event.

"In case CAF receives two or more positive responses, a draw will be made by the executive committee to designate the host of the 2015 edition."

More than 4500 people have died from the deadly Ebola virus, with 8 399 people having been infected. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that they expect 9000 people to be infected with the hemorrhagic fever by the end of this week.

CAF cancelled all football events in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in September, as these three countries have been hit the hardest by the virus.

Guinea and Sierra Leone will play their home fixtures outside the country and it has been reported that both will not qualify for the 2015 competition.

Liberia had been eliminated from the AFCON qualifier games during the preliminary rounds in April this year.

CAF president, Issa Hayatou, will travel to Morocco with a delegation next month, in order to meet with officials and address their concerns.


Photo caption: CAF President, Issa Hayatou, will travel to Morocco next month to arrange where the AFCON tournament will take place. Photo courtesy of www.foxnews.com