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Organizers running out of options for African Cup

India TV News Desk 11 Nov 2014, 8:31:57 AM IST
India TV News Desk

The African Cup of Nations tournament is scheduled to start in two months, but nobody wants to host it.

Organizer the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is running out of time and is without a host country because of the threat of Ebola. CAF has refused to re-schedule.

Initial host Morocco stood firm this weekend in its decision not to host the 16-team event early next year and still wants it postponed until 2016 because of the outbreak of the deadly virus in West Africa.

CAF will meet Tuesday to make a final decision on the cup -- and may have to give up on the tournament in 2015.

The Cairo-based African football body, which rejected Morocco's previous request for a postponement, said it will look for a new host to stage the continent's top tournament on its scheduled dates of Jan. 17-Feb. 8 if Morocco is unrelenting.

Morocco could be stripped of its hosting rights at the CAF executive committee meeting and possibly punished further, but there is no obvious plan B for the African Cup if CAF goes ahead.