Afcon 2015 won’t be postponed – official

2014-11-03 17:16

The Africa Cup of Nations, due to be held from January 17 to February 8, will not be postponed because of the Ebola epidemic, an African football official has said.

Hosts Morocco have called for the tournament to be pushed back because of fears that an influx of several hundred thousand supporters could spread the virus which has killed more than 4 950 people in West Africa.

But Confederation of African Football media director Junior Binyam said after meeting with Moroccan officials that there would be no postponement.

“CAF confirms the dates of the tournament,” Binyam said, adding that a second meeting was slated for November 11 in CAF’s Cairo headquarters to “take the necessary decisions”.

Morocco now have until November 8 to officially respond to CAF, Moroccan football federation spokesperson Mohamed Makrouf said.

The options are: Morocco hosting the tournament as planned, holding the tournament in another country, or cancelling it, he said.

“Any change of dates would be to the detriment of the CAF calendar, which must follow Fifa’s international calendar,” CAF’s Binyam insisted.

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