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Newcastle trio await new hosts for African Cup of Nations

6 years ago
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With only two months to go, Morocco have been expelled from the African Cup of Nations finals which are scheduled to run from 17th January to 8th February 2015.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) had told Morocco that they had to make up their mind as to whether they would host the tournament as arranged, having dismissed the worries of the Ebola virus spreading via the hosting of the African Cup of Nations.

Instead of a yes or no answer, with ‘no’ bringing possible sanctions, the Moroccan football chiefs released the following;

“Morocco maintains its request to postpone.

“The decision is dictated by health reasons because of the serious threat of Ebola and the risk of it spreading.”

Today, CAF had an executive meeting in Cairo and voted to kick Morocco out of the competition and have said that they’d had; “Some applications of national associations confirming their desire to host the competition,” and would be making their decision on new hosts as soon as possible.

Newcastle would clearly have been more than happy with a postponement to the summer, which was one of Morocco’s preferences.

Both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse are sure to figure if Senegal and Ivory Coast qualify, both countries find qualification is in the balance with a double-header for each in this international break.

Whereas, Algeria have already qualified with four wins out of four, with Mehdi Abeid getting his first senior call up and the chance to stake a claim to be in Morocco….or wherever in January/February.

The tournament may only last 23 days but history tells us that any participating players could be missing for anything up to five or six weeks, due to training camps beforehand and recuperation afterwards.

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