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Morocco Loses 2015 Africa Cup Games over Ebola Fears

Morocco Loses 2015 Africa Cup Games over Ebola Fears

The North African country of Morocco will not be hosting the bi-annual Africa Cup of Nations soccer games this year over Ebola fears.

Moroccan officials had requested a delay in the games, but soccer authorities rejected that idea. The country lies several hundred miles north of the West African nations most affected by Ebola. After Morocco requested the delay, soccer officials decided to cancel the games there. 

The games are scheduled to take place from January 17 to February 8.

A new venue has not yet been announced, but BBC Sports has learned that several African countries further south are under consideration.

Egypt, South Africa, and Ghana have announced that they do not want the games and have been ruled out of consideration.

Qualifying tournaments are continuing as scheduled while authorities search for a new place to hold the final tournament.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston or email the author at igcolonel@hotmail.com

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