Morocco has withdrawn from hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations as fears over Ebola continue to increase.
Morocco representative Mohamed Ouzzine released a statement saying: “This demand is motivated essentially by the last report from the World Health Organisation, however, CAF in a counter statement replied: “It must be noted that since the first edition in 1957, the Africa Cup of Nations has never witnessed a deferral or a change in schedule,”
Although CAF confirmed it would discuss the matter at a meeting on November 2, it seems Morocco has made a decision to part with the event just a few months before it starts.
It should be noted that South Africa hosted the last Afcon tournament in 2013 after the original host Libya asked to swap hosting duties with South Africa because of the civil war in the country at the time.
The 2010 World Cup host could again could be in the run to host next year’s Afcon although Ghana are also in the race as well as Sudan.
Egypt meanwhile had also indicated interest in hosting next year’s Nations Cup, stating its confidence in organising the competition under short notice.
Afcon 2015 is scheduled to take place between January, 17 and February 8 2015.