Equatorial Guinea to host African Cup

One of Africa's smallest countries chosen as replacement for Morocco to host the Africa Cup of Nations.

    CAf had stripped Morocco of hosting rights and kicked them out of the tournament [Reuters]
    CAf had stripped Morocco of hosting rights and kicked them out of the tournament [Reuters]

    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


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