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Newcastle Hopes Dashed Of Not Losing Tiote and Cisse To African Nations Cup

6 years ago
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Newcastle United’s hopes have been dashed when it comes to not losing Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote to the African Nations Cup in the new year.

On Friday it was revealed that hosts Morocco wanted the sixteen team tournament postponed because of the ongoing Ebola virus problems, the disease having claimed more than 4,000 lives since March 2014 when the outbreak was first reported in the west of Africa.

The health ministry of Morocco had asked for the finals to be postponed ‘To avoid events which involved those countries affected by the Ebola virus’.

However the CAF (African Football Confederation) has insisted today that that there won’t be any change to the schedule which sees the tournament run from January 17 to February 8 in Morocco in the new year.

“CAF acknowledges this request and confirms it will make no changes to its calendar of scheduled competitions.

“We have taken into account the recommendations of the World Health Organization and various medical experts.

“It should be noted that since the first edition in 1957 no Africa Cup of Nations has ever been postponed or deferred.”

However, they did say that they would discuss the issues surrounding the Ebola virus and the tournament at their next meeting in early November.

So long as their countries make it through the group stages, both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are set to miss a crucial period of Newcastle’s season.

(The Ivory Coast beat DR Congo 2-1 today and Senegal drawing with Tunisia on Friday night.)

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