Wednesday, 5 November 2014

CAF refuse to reschedule AFCON 2015

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has refused to reschedule the 2015 African Nations Cup in Morocco, following concerns by the host as a result of the deadly Ebola pandemic.
CAF in a statement issued on Monday, said the competition will not change from January 17- 8 February 2015, despite the host’s concerns.

Morocco has hinted at polling out as host, citing health concerns and also pushed for a rescheduled as a result of the outbreak in some countries in West Africa.

CAF has also set November 8, deadline for Morocco to state her position on the tournament.

The CAF Executive Committee is expected to meet on November 11, in Cairo, Egypt to take final decisions on the tournament.

Full CAF statement
At its meeting on Sunday November 02nd 2014 in Algiers, the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) considered the request of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Morocco on the postponement of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations.

Unanimity was reached on keeping the competition on the dates originally agreed; namely from January 17 to February 8, 2015, for the following reasons:

1/ Since the beginning of the latest outbreak  of the Ebola virus, CAF has always acted in accordance with the precautionary principle of safeguarding lives by strictly adhering to the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO). This was enforced through a circular dated 12 August 2014 which sanctioned the suspension of all CAF competitions in countries heavily affected by the disease; Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, so as to prevent holding football matches that could result in mass gatherings and could facilitate the spread of the virus. Read More.....

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