Equatorial Guinea, one of Africa's smallest countries, will replace Morocco as hosts of the 2015 African NationsCup finals, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said in a statement.

Morocco wanted the tournament postponed over fears of a spread of the deadly Ebola virus but CAF refused and on Tuesday stripped the north African country of the hosting rights.

Oil-rich Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea hosted the 2012 finals with neighbours Gabon but will take on the 16-team tournament on their own from January 17-February 8, despite having only two major stadiums in the capital Malabo and Bata.

Equatorial Guinea were disqualified from the preliminaries for cheating.

Source: Reuters