Morocco will not host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations because of its fears over the Ebola outbreak elsewhere on the continent, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed.
Caf expelled Morocco who would have qualified as hosts
Morocco had previously been given until Saturday to make a final decision on whether or not it would host the tournament but Morroco asked CAF to postpone the competition until 2016.
Caf’s executive committee met in Cairo on Tuesday and confirmed it had taken note of applications from other nations to host the tournament, which are currently “under review”.
It said it hoped to finalise its selection shortly.
Up to 4 November, at least 4,960 people had been reported as having died from Ebola, mainly in the West African countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Morocco had expressed fears an influx of foreign fans could help spread the epidemic.