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Nov 14, 2014

Equatorial Guinea to host African Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea agreed on Friday to step in as last-minute hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup finals, replacing Morocco, who were stripped of the tournament having asked for it to be postponed over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

That leaves one of Africa’s smallest countries with just two months to prepare for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.

Nov 14, 2014

Soccer-Equatorial Guinea to host African Nations Cup

CAPE TOWN, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Equatorial Guinea agreed on Friday to step in as last-minute hosts of the 2015 African Nations Cup finals, replacing Morocco, who were stripped of the tournament having asked for it to be postponed over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.

That leaves one of Africa’s smallest countries with just two months to prepare for the continent’s showpiece sporting event.

Nov 11, 2014

Morocco ruled out, Nations Cup future remains unclear

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Morocco was formally ruled out as host of next year’s African Nations Cup but promised clarity over which country will host the tournament failed to emerge from a Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

The immediate future of the 16-team tournament, the showpiece of African football, remained unclear with no exact timetable for the next step in the bid to find an alternate host to Morocco which has also been kicked out of the competition.

Nov 11, 2014

Soccer-Morocco ruled out, Nations Cup future remains unclear

CAPE TOWN, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Morocco was formally ruled out as host of next year’s African Nations Cup but promised clarity over which country will host the tournament failed to emerge from a Confederation of African Football (CAF) executive committee meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.

The immediate future of the 16-team tournament, the showpiece of African football, remained unclear with no exact timetable for the next step in the bid to find an alternate host to Morocco which has also been kicked out of the competition.

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.