AFCON 2015: Morocco withdraws hosting rights

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Morocco has withdrawn its right as hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations due to fears over the spread of the Ebola virus that has hit the West African region.

The news comes a day after round four of qualifiers were played with Algeria and Cameroon almost certain be to confirmed as the first two nations to secure their place at next year’s tournament.

Reports say, Morocco is prepared is prepared to deal with any consequences that their decision to pull out as the 2015 AFCON hosts may have.

The Moroccan government’s initial request to postpone the tournament to later in the year was rejected by the continental football organising body last week.

They have since proposed that they swap the 2017 hosting rights relinquished by Libya or postpone the tournament to 2016, but CAF had not responded, which forced them to make the withdrawal announcement on Thursday 16th October 2014.

CAF has urged South Africa and Ghana to prepare to jointly host the competition while negotiations continue with Morocco.

Source: CRTV 16 October 2014