Qatar denies replacing Morocco as new hosts of CAN 2015

Morocco refused to host the tournament over fears of Ebola

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Qatar denied Wednesday claims that it had offered to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco refused to host the tournament over fears of Ebola, The Agence France Presse reported Wednesday.

“It is illogical,” said Saud al-Muhannadi, vice president of the Qatar Football Association, referring to reports that surfaced in French press.

“The news is false,” al-Muhannadi told AFP.

On Wednesday, French sports newspaper L’Equipe reported that Qatar, which is hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup might be an option for the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as a replacement for the North African country.

Morocco pulled out of hosting the Nations Cup because it believes thousands of traveling supporters from West Africa pose a risk and wanted a postponement of at least six months while the fight against Ebola intensified.

The virus has killed at least 4,950 people in the world's worst Ebola epidemic since the disease was identified in 1976.

Morocco had asked for a postponement of the Nations Cup but CAF said the tournament must go ahead in January and February as scheduled, and said it would name a new host in the next few days.

[With AP]

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