Morocco expelled from 2015 Africa Cup of nations with CAF looking for new hosts

Morocco have said they will not host the tournament because of the ebola outbreak, with CAF announcing they are expelled from the 2015 competition.

Morocco will not host next year's Africa Cup of Nations after fears surrounding the ebola outbreak, with the Confederation of Africa Football saying the country are expelled from the competition. 

The country had asked for a delay because of the outbreak of the disease but the executive committee had agreed to maintain the original dates set for the competition.

A statement on the CAF website, said: "At its meeting on 11th November 2014 in Cairo, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has taken note of the response of the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Morocco in a letter dated 8 November 2014 requesting the postponement of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.

"This response clearly indicates that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its refusal to hold the competition on the dates indicated (January 17-February 8, 2015).

"Therefore, having firmly and unanimously notified on 3 November its decision to keep the competition on the dates indicated, the Executive Committee confirmed that the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.

"The Organising Committee of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 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."

CAF have added that they are looking for another host nation for the competition, though South Africa have believed to have ruled out the possibility of hosting the tournament.

The statement went on: "The Executive Committee took note of receipt by 10 November, 2014 of some applications of national associations confirming their desire to host the 2015 competition on the dates agreed. These 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."

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