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[Published: Wednesday November 12 2014]

Morocco out of African Cup, CAF

Rabat, 12 Nov - (ANA) - Morocco will not host the 2015 African Cup of Nations after refusing to commit to the scheduled dates early next year because of fears over Ebola, the Confedration of African Footbal, CAF has said. The tournament would now be hosted by another country, CAF, said but did not announce which one adding that applications from possible replacement hosts were now "under review". CAF repeatedly refused Morocco's request to postpone the African Cup until 2016 because of fears over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has killed about 5,000 people in West Africa. The African football body insisted the continent's showpiece tournament must go ahead on the planned dates of January 17-February 8. "Having firmly and unanimously notified ... 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,'' CAF said. (ANA)
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