After the hosts of the 2015 African Cup of Nations expressed their concern about the Ebola virus spreading to their nation, organizers have insisted that the tournament will go ahead as planned.
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North African nation Morocco are due to host the tournament in January to February 2015, but its health ministry have called for the showpiece event to be delayed as the Ebola outbreak in Africa worsens.
However the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have responded to that request from Morocco and released the following statement on Saturday.
“CAF acknowledges this request and confirms it will make no changes to its calendar of scheduled competitions. We have taken into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization and various medical experts. It should be noted that since the first edition in 1957 no African Cup of Nations has ever been postponed or deferred.”
More than 4,000 people have already died from the Ebola virus which broke out of west Africa earlier this year. The Moroccan health ministry is concerned that hosting a continental event involving people from countries where the Ebola virus has been detected could cause the disease to arrive in Morocco.
CAF has already stepped in to help quell the impact of the virus on soccer in Africa, as they’ve forced Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia to play home matches at neutral venues since the outbreak occurred.