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Morocco lose 2015 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights and banned from finals

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Morocco lose 2015 Africa Cup of Nations hosting rights and banned from finals

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African football’s governing body CAF on Tuesday stripped Morocco of the hosting rights for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco had requested a postponement of the 30th edition of the tournament due to fears over the Ebola outbreak on the continent.

CAF initially gave the North African country until Saturday to say whether or not it would stage the tournament from 17 January to 8 February.

But Morocco remained steadfast in their desire to postpone the event until 2016.

Following an executive committee meeting in Cairo, CAF decided to to look for another host.

The governing body also banned Morocco from playing at the finals – where ever they may be staged.

With just over two months until kickoff CAF is now searching for a replacement venue although it said it has received interest from several national associations wanting to host the competition.