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Equatorial Guinea to host 2015 Afcon Finals

Confederation of African Football (Caf) has named Equatorial Guinea as the hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, replacing Morocco who pulled out following fears over Ebola outbreak in some West African countries.

Morocco had asked CAF to delay or postponed the finals because of fears over the Ebola outbreak, but CAF quashed the request and set a deadline of 8 November for Morocco to confirm they would host the tournament.

Morocco has also been expelled from the relocated tournament.

Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the 2012 Afcon with Gabon.

CAF settled for Equatorial Guinea following a meeting between Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang and CAF President Issa Hayatou last Friday in Malabo.

Equatorial Guinea will also play in the tournament despite being disqualified in July for fielding an ineligible player in a preliminary qualifier against Mauritania on 17 May.

“The head of state of Equatorial Guinea agreed to host the competition. As a result, the Caf executive committee confirms that the tournament will go ahead and Equatorial Guinea will compete as the host nation.

“Caf wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Equatorial Guinean people, its government and particularly president Obiang,” said Hayatou in statement released on Friday.

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