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Egypt rescind offer to host 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports has officially withdrawn its offer to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, according to multiple reports.
Egypt had offered to stage the 30th edition of the competition in an emergency capacity in place of original hosts Morocco. The Moroccan FA wanted the tournament delayed or cancelled altogether over fears of the spread of the Ebola virus.
The Maghreb nation has yet to officially step down as host, but African football governing body CAF has purportedly asked several countries – including Ghana and South Africa – to be on standby in case that happens.
Though no official reason was given, it is believed that concerns surrounding Ebola were also at the center of Egypt’s change of heart.
Egypt currently lie third in Group G of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying behind Tunisia and Senegal. The top two teams in each group – along with the best third-placed finisher among all groups – will qualify for the biennial event. Egypt’s standing is currently best among all third-placed teams.
The Pharaohs haven’t qualified for Africa’s showpiece tournament since 2010, when it won a record third straight title. Political upheaval has taken its toll on the country’s football since 2011.