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Morocco pulls out of hosting Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football confirms
that the country will not host the competition
over ebola fears and has thus been disqualified
from the 2015 tournament
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has
confirmed that Morocco will not host the 2015
Africa Cup of Nations and that they have now
been disqualified from the competition.
Speculation had been growing over the past few
months over the likelihood of Morocco pulling out
of hosting the tournament due to the outbreak of
ebola in west Africa.
Morocco had requested that Afcon 2015 be
postponed or cancelled altogether over fears of
the spread of the disease, but Caf have dismissed
the possibility, and so the nation has pulled out.
Caf has confirmed the news and revealed that, as
a result of Morocco’s unwillingness to host the
tournament, they have now been disqualified
from playing in it.
“The executive committee of the Confederation of
African Football has taken note of the response of
the minister of youth and sports of the Kingdom
of Morocco in a letter dated November 8, 2014,
requesting the postponement of the Africa Cup of
Nations in 2015,” read a statement on Caf’s
official website.
“This response clearly indicates that the Royal
Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its
refusal to hold the competition on the dates
indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015).
Therefore, having firmly and unanimously
notified on November 3 its decision to keep the
competition on the dates indicated, the executive
committee confirmed that the Africa Cup of
Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.
“The executive committee took note of receipt by
November 10, 2014, of some applications of
national associations confirming their desire to
host the 2015 competition on the dates agreed.
These applications are currently under review and
the executive committee will finalise the selection
of the successful national association shortly and
confirm the place and date of the draw of the
final tournament at the same time.
“Following the refusal of the Moroccan party, the
Executive Committee has decided that the
national team of Morocco is automatically
disqualified and will not take part in the 30th
edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.”

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