There was news a few weeks ago that because of the Ebola outbreak – this may happen, and now with the African Cup of Nations just two months away from starting – news that Morocco will not be the host.
Morocco had been given until Saturday to make a final decision on whether or not it would host the tournament, after it had asked to postpone the competition until 2016, but CAF are now actively seeking a new venue.
The tournament is due to take place from 17th January to 8th February – somewhere – and two months is not a lot of time to prepare for such a big tournament.
Because of this last minute decision by Morocco, the country has subsequently been eliminated from the competition, since it’s almost certain it will not host the competition.
A new venue has yet to be announced but Morocco may have a point, because of the Ebola outbreak – that it could just be too risky to hold the tournament at the beginning of next year.
It will be interesting to see which country the CAF will appoint as the new hosts, and its location from where the Ebola outbreak is currently spreading in West Africa in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mehdi Abeid (Algeria), Papiss Cisse (Senegal) and Cheick Tiote (Ivory Coast) are the three Newcastle players who could be involved in the finals, and the qualifying rounds are continuing during this International break.
Algeria have already qualified, but Senegal and Ivory Coast are not yet certain to qualify, and face some crucial games over the next 10 days.
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