Africa’s governing body of football, Confederation of African Football (CAF) is yet make a decision on Morocco hosting the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Reports have surfaced on social media suggesting that Morocco have officially decided against hosting the continental showpiece, however, media reports have indicated otherwise. Morocco sports minister, Mohammed Ouzzine, has stated that they are yet to make a decision, despite the reports on social media.
Morocco submitted a request to CAF to postpone next year’s edition of the Afcon, in order to stop the spread of Ebola, however CAF have responded by declaring that the tournament is expected to go as scheduled.
Asked if Morocco would hold their stance, Ouzzine told Punch Online Extra, “It’s too early to speak of a definitive decision. This question will be handled by those responsible at CAF.
“We’ve arranged to meet up and discuss the technical options connected to this demand for a postponement.”
“This demand is motivated essentially by the last report from the World Health Organisation, which contained alarming numbers at the extent and spread of the virus. All that means we (Morocco) are facing a historic responsibility.”
According to Ouzzine, the large numbers of supporters the AFCON generates would be too large for the North Africans to employ strict checking and controlling measures.
“We are speaking of a large number of supporters (at the Nations Cup), 100,000, 200,000, 300,000 or even more.”
It has been suggested that North African neighbours, Egypt or 2013 hosts, South Africa could step in as alternative host nations for the African football spectacle.