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Morocco set to withdraw as AFCON 2015 hosts over Ebola fears, CAF consider Ghana as replacement
Morocco are set to withdraw from hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations as concerns over the spread of Ebola increase.
This comes a week after the Moroccan government sent a letter to CAF asking for the tournament to be postponed due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus.
According to SuperSport.com, a close source at the Ministry of Sports said they were forced to take the decision in order to maintain the country’s public interest.
“Since CAF rejected all our requests and suggestions then we are forced to withdraw from hosting AFCON 2015 with immediate effect to preserve the safety of our citizens and for that we are prepared to take any consequences that comes with our actions,” said the source.
The Moroccan Minister of Sport Mohamed Ouzzine added that they may financially compensate CAF, but this won’t stop the nation from getting into hot water with the African football governing body, and it is likely that sanctions would follow.
CAF have already taken measures to find replacements, with the Ghanaian FA being officially asked to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in case Morocco were to indeed pull out.
The Ghanaian Sports Minister said: “In the event of Morocco pulling out, we’ve been asked to consider hosting. We are looking at cost and health.”
FIFA and CAF Executive Committee member Hany Abou-Rida also claimed that Egypt can host the 2015 AFCON if Morocco withdraws.
“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,” said Abou-Rida.
Other nations have also been linked with hosting the tournament, including South Africa and Sudan.