Equatorial Guinea will host the Africa Cup of Nations, the Confederation of African Football announced in a statement on Friday.
The announcement comes after Morocco was stripped of its hosting rights and prohibited from participating due to the North African country's attempt to hold the tournament at a later date amid fears over the Ebola outbreak.
Equatorial Guinea will be allowed to play in the tournament despite being previously disqualified for fielding an ineligible player, CAF said.
From the statement:
The Executive Committee of CAF and President Issa Hayatou seize this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation to the people of Equatorial Guinea, its government, and particularly to His Excellency the Head of State and President of the Republic Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
The tournament will be held from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 in four cities: Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin. The draw for the tournament will occur on Dec. 3.
Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the tournament with Gabon in 2012.
- Chris Johnson