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Abou-Rida: Egypt able to host 2015 AFCON
Egypt and South Africa may go head-to-head in a bid to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations in case Morocco withdraw from hosting the competition.
Morocco were set to host the competition early next year but they have been pleading the CAF & FIFA the past few days to delay the tournament for a month or two due to fears of Ebola outbreak in the country.
With a reported more than 4000 deaths worldwide from this disease – which is spreading heavily in west Africa – Morocco have seen this as a cause for concern in case it remains without a cure.
“The FIFA acting office will hold a meeting on the second of November to discuss the concerns. It is very hard for them to accept the idea of postponing the AFCON for two months as requested by Morocco so that it does not clash with the European Championship,” Hany Abou-Rida, member of the FIFA and CAF, stated on TV.
“In case Morocco do withdraw from hosting the competition, there will be several other countries able to hold the tournament such as Egypt, Algeria, Ghana and South Africa.
“Egypt have an excellent base regarding pitches and hotels but the decision to host the tournament is a state-related decision which is politically involved. Egypt and South Africa have the edge due to the fact that matches can be televised on HD,” Abou-Rida continued.
“Egypt hosting the AFCON will have a huge influence on tourism and the country being back on it’s known sporting level to the continent,” Hany concluded.
Egypt, along with Algeria, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan and Zimbabwe, have also submitted bids to host the 2017 AFCON, CAF confirmed.
It is worth noting that Egypt last hosted the tournament in 2006 where they were crowned champions after beating Ivory Coast on penalties.