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Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Nations Cup qualifiers go ahead with tournament in doubt

CAPE TOWN, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Preparations for potentially vital African Nations Cup qualifiers continued to pick up pace at the start of the week despite the fact the 2015 finals may not even take place, rendering the last two rounds of preliminaries meaningless.

Teams face a key set of matches in the penultimate round of qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, and complete the process next week as 15 finalists will be determined by the group standings.

Nov 10, 2014

Soccer-CAF set to decide on African Nations Cup hosting

Nov 10 (Reuters) – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will begin discussions on Tuesday over whether to find new hosts for next year’s African Nations Cup finals or cancel the tournament.

CAF’s executive committee will meet in Cairo to decide what to do having rejected host Morocco’s request for a postponement.

Nov 9, 2014

African Nations Cup in jeopardy as Morocco stands firm

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A late replacement must be found to host the 2015 African Nations Cup or the continent’s showpiece football tournament faces being called off after Morocco rejected an ultimatum to go ahead with the event in January.

Fears over the spread of the Ebola virus saw Morocco reiterate its stance that the 16-team tournament, due to be played from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, should be postponed.

Nov 9, 2014

Soccer-African Nations Cup in jeopardy as Morocco stands firm

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 9 (Reuters) – A late replacement must be found to host the 2015 African Nations Cup or the continent’s showpiece soccer tournament faces being called off after Morocco rejected an ultimatum to go ahead with the event in January.

Fears over the spread of the Ebola virus saw Morocco reiterate its stance that the 16-team tournament, due to be played from Jan. 17-Feb. 8, should be postponed.

Nov 7, 2014

Soccer-Decision day looms for Nations Cup hosts Morocco

CAPE TOWN, Nov 7 (Reuters) – – Morocco will make a decision this weekend over whether to stage the 2015 African Nations Cup, juggling the threat of a possible spread of the Ebola virus with the likelihood of heavy sanctions against their football teams.

The host nation want to postpone the Jan. 17-Feb. 8 tournament because of the deadly virus but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is refusing to entertain a change of dates and wants a final decision from the country by Saturday.

Nov 3, 2014

CAF warns Morocco as it rejects Nations Cup date change

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Morocco have been given until the weekend to decide whether they want to host next year’s African Nations Cup finals after the Confederation of African Football refused to consider a postponement of its showpiece tournament over Ebola virus fears.

Morocco must make clear its position by Saturday, said African football’s governing body (CAF) after a meeting in Rabat on Monday between prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane and a delegation led by CAF president Issa Hayatou.

Nov 3, 2014

Soccer-CAF warns Morocco as it rejects Nations Cup date change

CAPE TOWN, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Morocco have been given until the weekend to decide whether they want to host next year’s African Nations Cup finals after the Confederation of African Football refused to consider a postponement of its showpiece tournament over Ebola virus fears.

Morocco must make clear its position by Saturday, said African football’s governing body (CAF) after a meeting in Rabat on Monday between prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane and a delegation led by CAF president Issa Hayatou.

Nov 2, 2014

Nations Cup decision over Ebola could come on Monday

By Mark Gleeson

(Reuters) – A decision on whether the African Nations Cup finals will go ahead in January or be postponed because of fears over the Ebola virus is expected on Monday after the Moroccan government meets with Confederation of African soccer leaders.

The meeting in Rabat was fixed last month when Morocco wrote to CAF asking it to postpone the tournament after being advised by its own health ministry that hosting the 16-team tournament posed a risk of the spread of the deadly virus.

Nov 2, 2014

Soccer-Nations Cup decision over Ebola could come on Monday

Nov 2 (Reuters) – A decision on whether the African Nations Cup finals will go ahead in January or be postponed because of fears over the Ebola virus is expected on Monday after the Moroccan government meets with Confederation of African Football leaders.

The meeting in Rabat was fixed last month when Morocco wrote to CAF asking it to postpone the tournament after being advised by its own health ministry that hosting the 16-team tournament posed a risk of the spread of the deadly virus.

Nov 2, 2014

Soccer-Champions League win seals year of success for Algeria

Nov 2 (Reuters) – Entente Setif’s African Champions League victory on Saturday was the final act of a significant year for Algerian soccer, emphasising the country’s position at the top of the continent’s pecking order.

Setif won on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw with AS Vita Club of the Democratic Republic of Congo to become the first Algerian club since 1990 to take the region’s top club prize.