Officials for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) will meet tomorrow in Cairo to discuss the future of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
Over the weekend, scheduled host nation Morocco officially withdrew from their duties, citing concerns over the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The country’s sports ministry released a statement saying, “the decision is dictated by health reasons because of the serious threat of Ebola and the risk of its spreading.”
Of the Ebola affected nations, only Sierra Leone and Guinea are still alive in AFCON qualifying, though both currently sit at the bottom of their groups.
Reports began circulating last month that Morocco may withdraw from its hosting duties due to the rapid spread of the disease. The news became official when the North African nation rejected the November 8 deadline to confirm that they would host the tournament.
In the same press release, Morocco says that they will still host December’s FIFA Club World Cup. Morocco believes that the Club World Cup has a much lower risk of spreading Ebola than AFCON.
CAF is now without a host nation for its biggest international tournament just months before its January 17 start date. Tomorrow’s meeting will likely determine whether the tournament will be postponed, cancelled, or moved to another country on short notice.