Sudan declines to host the 2015 Africa Cup finals over Ebola fears

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Sudan declines to host the 2015 Africa Cup finals over Ebola fears

Posted 2014-10-16 08:48:22

The Sudanese government has refused to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations next January, asking the Sudan Football Association (SFA) to postpone hosting of the 2017 tournament finals. The decision comes two days after officials in SFA expressed Khartoum readiness to host the finals instead of the original host, Morocco. Morocco’s government has written to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to delay the 17 January to 8 February event because of the Ebola outbreak. The CAF said it would discuss Morocco’s request to defer the date at the next meeting of its executive committee on November 2 nd. More than 4,000 people have died from the Ebola epidemic, most of them in west African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - since the beginning of the year. Guinea and Sierra Leone are involved in ongoing group qualifiers while Liberia were eliminated in the preliminary knockout phase. The Sudanese cabinet on Wednesday has commissioned the minister of youth an ...