by Mark Bassey
The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has stripped Morocco of the right to host next year’s African Nations Cup, while also disqualifying the North African nation from participating in the tournament.
CAF announced this on Tuseday, 11 November, saying that it has began to examine prospective replacements and that the competition would go ahead as planned.
Morocco had recently called for a postponement of the tournament, over fears of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The country had said the motive behind its demand was “dictated by health reasons of the most dangerous kind, linked to the serious risk of the spread of the deadly Ebola pandemic.”
A CAF statment said that “other countries had indicated a willingness to host the tournament and that it will finalize the selection of the successful National Association shortly and confirm the place and date of the draw of the final tournament at the same time.”
The continent’s football governing body has also vowed to seek legal redress from Morocco, based on the contractual agreement with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation which was signed in April.
Heavy sanctions may also be meted out on Moroccan football.