Africa Cup of Nations: Morocco will not host tournament

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The race is on to find a new host for the 2015 tournament after Morocco steps down over ebola fears.

 

The search has begun for a new host for the 2015 African Cup of Nations football tournament after Morocco withdrew from holding the tournament due to ongoing fears about the spread of the Ebola virus.

Following its withdrawal Morocco was subsequently expelled from the tournament, which is still expected to go ahead. The identity of the new host would be revealed “in two or three days,” Issa Hayatou, president of the Confederation of African Football, was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

However, the late withdrawal of Morocco just two months before the tournament is due to start causes a major headache for the organisers.

Having hosted the tournament in 2010, Angola had been tipped as a front-runner to replace them. However, João Lusevikueno, vice-president of the Angolan football federation, denied claims the country would be stepping into the role vacated by Morocco. Angola follows South Africa and Ghana in ruling itself out of the running as potential hosts.

“Angola is not going to host the competition. We haven’t presented our candidature and it is not our intention to do so,” he told Agence France-Presse.

Egypt, Gabon, or the current champions, Nigeria, are now the favourites to host the competition.

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