After refusing to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations due to fears of the deadly Ebola virus spreading to the north African nation, Morocco have been disqualified from the 2015 tournament.
In a statement released by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Tuesday, they confirmed Morocco’s fate after they pulled out of hosting the tournament in January 2015.
“Accordingly, and following the refusal of the Moroccan party, the Executive Committee has decided that the national team of Morocco is automatically disqualified and will not take part in the 30th edition of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.”
No new hosts has been named for the tournament, which was schedule to begin on Jan. 17 and run until Feb. 8 in Morocco, with several other countries such as South Africa, Egypt, Sudan and Ghana reportedly unwilling to host the event. Nigeria and Angola have also been mentioned as potential hosts but the CAF will meet throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday to try and resolve the issue.
Further details on that were released by African soccer’s governing body in their statement, as they are adamant that the tournament will go ahead as planed in 2015 despite the fear of Ebola. CAF are currently considering which new nation will act as the hosts, and confirmed that the final qualification rounds will continue as planned.
“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.”