Morocco requests 2015 CAN delay due to Ebola epidemic

Ahram Online, Saturday 11 Oct 2014

Morocco cites the Ebola virus as a reason to delay the 2015 African Cup of Nations in a petition to the Confederation of African Fooball

Health workers wearing protective clothing come out from the hotel from where a 58-year-old Briton was taken Thursday to hospital and died shortly of severe internal bleeding, in Skopje, Macedonia, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 (Photo: AP)

2015 African Cup of Nations' hosts Morocco have lodged an appeal with the Confederation of African Fooball (CAF) to postpone the tournament due to the Ebola epidemic.

Morocco's health ministry made the plea citing "events which involve those countries affected by the Ebola virus" after more than 4,000 people have been killed by the virus, which broke out in West Africa earlier this year.

It remains to be seen whether the African football governing body will postpone the continental event, due to take place between 17 January to 8 February.

One-time African champions Morocco hosted the biennial tournament only once — the 1988 edition which was won by Cameroon.

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