Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Ebola News: Morocco Wants African Nations Cup 2015 Postponed

Hosts Morocco have called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be postponed over the Ebola crisis.

The Moroccan health ministry want the January 17-February 8 African football showpiece delayed "to avoid events which would involve countries affected by the Ebola virus", the national MAP news agency reported.

MAP said a demand to postpone the Cup of Nations had been lodged with the organisers, the Cairo-based Confederation of African Football (CAF).

More than 4,000 people have died from the Ebola epidemic -- most of them in west African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- since the beginning of the year.

Guinea and Sierra Leone are involved in ongoing group qualifiers while Liberia were eliminated in the preliminary knockout phase.

Despite the Moroccan government's demands, the qualifying competition continued on Friday with Egypt grabbing a key 2-0 win against Botswana.

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