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CAF Gives Equatorial Guinea 2015 AFCON Hosting Right

Oyewale Oyelola

The Confederation of African Football Federation (CAF) has announced Equatorial Guinea as the new host OF 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

CAF President, Issa Hayatou made the announcement Friday after the country’s Head of State, Teodoro Obiang Nguema expressed readiness to host the continental football fiesta. The new development was due to to disqualification of Morocco, earlier given the hosting right.

AFRICAN EXAMINER learnt that CAF has shifted 2015 AFCON from January 17 to February 8 to enable the oil rich country makes adequate preparation for the competition.

Equatorial Guinea co-hosted 2012 African Nations Cup with Gabon.

Former hosting country, Morocco had insisted the competition be postponed after expressing fears over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) scourge, which has killed over 5,000 people in West Africa since outbreak in Mrach this year.

The North African country have since been disqualified from next year’s competition and more sanctions are expected to be imposed on it.


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