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CAF to decide on AFCON 2015 host

CAF to decide on AFCON 2015 host

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will meet on Tuesday to further discuss who will host the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament next year, after Morocco said they will not host the tournament, due to fears of the Ebola virus.

Morocco approached CAF in October with a request that the tournament be postponed until 2016, as they feared that it would bring Ebola into their country. However, CAF denied this request and said that the AFCON tournament, which is scheduled for January 17 until February 8, would continue as planned.

Following Morocco’s request, CAF approached seven African countries – including South Africa, Sudan, Egypt and Ghana, hoping that they would host the tournament in place of Morocco.

However, none of the countries are willing to host next year’s tournament, as they also fear the haemorrhagic fever might spread into their own territories.

In the meeting on Tuesday, CAF will have to decide on a new host or whether to postpone the tournament, as there is only two months remaining until the start of the competition.

South Africa previously stood in for Libya, which could not host the tournament during its civil war in 2013.

However, South Africa's Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, said, along with fears of Ebola entering the country, there was not enough time to plan for the competition or the finances involved.

"It is totally impossible,” he said.

"We would like to give this one a pass."


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