This decision was made after Morocco requested that the tournament be postponed due to fears of the Ebola epidemic.
Morocco voiced concerns over the health risk involved in having supporters travel from West Africa. CAF denied their request to postpone the tournament and also banned Morocco from the tournament as a whole.
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Morocco will now need to face the consequences of its actions for breaching its contract.
The Organising Committee of the AFCON will later apply the statutory provisions that are required due to a breach of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation regulatory and contractual provisions, including those set out in the Host Association Agreement signed between CAF and the Royal Moroccan Football Federation in April 2014,” reported CAF.
AFCON is still set to go as planned from 17 January – 8 February. However, the tournament is seeking a new nation to host the tournament.
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CAF reports that they have already received applications from other countries who are eager to take up the competition.
“Applications are currently under review, and the Executive Committee will finalize the selection of the successful National Association shortly and confirm the place and date of the draw of the final tournament at the same time,” said CAF.
South Africa, Egypt, Sudan and Ghana have all stated their reluctance to host the tournament.