The Confederation of African Football announced Monday that the African Cup of Nations, planned at the beginning of 2015 in Morocco, will not be postponed for the moment. A new meeting is scheduled for November 11th in Cairo.
“The African Cup of Nations is kept for January, despite the request for postponement of its host country, Morocco”, said Monday in Rabat the media director of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Junior Binyam. “The health system implemented by Morocco to prevent the spread of Ebola is widely capable of facing the limited flow of fans during the competition… Any change would be detrimental to the timing of the CAF which has the obligation to follow the international calendar of FIFA.”
A further meeting will be held on November 11 in Cairo, the headquarters of CAF, to “take the necessary decisions“, he said, after talks with Moroccan officials. The CAF is leaving four days to Morocco, until Saturday, November 8th, to communicate its final response. Three options are possible: the maintenance of competition in the kingdom for the second time in its history (from January 17th to February 8th), its progress in another country, or an outright cancellation.
If the CAF decides to maintain the schedule of the competition, no one knows yet where it will be organized. However, the draw of the matches is already programmed for November 26th in Rabat. Sixteen nations, including Morocco, Algeria and Cape Verde, will participate. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of fans are waiting.
Julien Ramard, IEJ3E