Morocco wants 2015 Africa cup postponed over Ebola

By Drum Digital
11 October 2014

The Moroccan government on Friday called for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to be postponed due to the deadly Ebola epidemic.

The biennial competition is scheduled to be held in the North African country from January 17 to February 8.

Morocco's health ministry made the plea in the wake of their decision "to avoid events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus," the MAP news agency quoted a government statement as saying.

The demand to delay the continent's footballing showcase has been lodged with the Africa Cup of Nations' organisers, the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

More than 4,000 people have died in the Ebola epidemic that broke out in west Africa at the start of the year, according to the latest figures released by the World Health Organization.

Ebola has already made an impact on qualifying for Morocco 2015. CAF has moved qualifying matches from those concerned countries to neutral venues as many African governments have sought a shield against worst-hit states Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Athletes from Ebola-hit countries were barred from competing in some sports in the Youth Olympics in China in August.

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