CAF president stresses no changes in CAN 2015 dates

Ahram Online, Monday 10 Nov 2014

A few hours ahead of an urgent meeting to determine the future of CAN 2015, CAF president stresses that the tournament will be played on time; new host country instead of Morocco is set to be chosen

CAF president Issa Hayatou (L) in a meeting with Egypt sports minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz (Photo: Egyptian ministry of youth and sports official website)

The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will be played as originally scheduled with new hosting country set to be chosen soon, stressed President of Confederation of African Football (CAF) Issa Hayatou on Monday.

On Saturday, original hosts Morocco demanded that the tournament be postponed for a year because of the widening Ebola epidemic currently in several African countries. 

African football bosses, however, refuse to change the dates. The prestigious continental tournament is due to take place from 17 January to 8 February 2015. 

CAF is to meet on Tuesday to decide its next steps.

In a meeting with Egyptian sports minister Khaled Abdel-Aziz at the CAF headquarters in Cairo Monday, Hayatou stressed that tournament is very essential for African football and will be played as scheduled.

"We will decide the new hosting country in the coming few days," Hayatou was quoted as saying by the Egyptian youth ministry and sports official website.

"Delaying the tournament's date will be like an end to CAF," he added.

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