Morocco wants African Cup of Nations postponed due to Ebola outbreak

Thursday October 16th, 2014

Morocco wants the 2015 African Cup of Nations, scheduled to begin Jan. 17, to be postponed due to the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, according to The Associated Press. The country has not withdrawn as the tournament's host, it says. 

The Confederation of African Football insists the tournament must be played on the originally scheduled dates, and has reportedly reached out to Ghana and South Africa to serve as potential replacement hosts. 

Morocco is concerned that large groups of West Africans coming to cheer on their teams may bring the deadly virus with them. 

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"Football is just a game and we can't play with the health of Moroccans," the country's health minister, Houssaine Louardi, said, according to the AP.

The CAF has canceled all matches in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, the countries worst affected by the outbreak. 

- Dan Gartland

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