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Equatorial Guinea To Host Africa Cup Of Nations In 2015

Uganda Cranes take on Black Stars of Ghana tomorrow in a crucial Afcon qualifier at Mandela National Stadium in Namboole seeking to book a place for next years’ edition to join fifteen other countries for the party.

And now Equatorial Guinea have been named as the hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after Morocco earlier pulled out of the tournament over health concerns related to the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which has hit some West African Countries.

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The Confederation of African Football earlier today confirmed to the BBC that they selected a replacement for Morocco after  rejecting their request to delay the 17 January to 8 February finals.

Caf subsequently expelled Morocco from the relocated tournament after they failed to change their mind and will now be solely held in the country which co-hosted with Gabon in 2012.

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Caf said the decision was made after a meeting in Malabo on Friday between Equatorial Guinea’s president Teodoro Obiang and Caf president Issa Hayatou.

African football’s governing body also announced that Equatorial Guinea will play in the tournament – despite the team being disqualified in July for fielding an ineligible player in a preliminary qualifier against Mauritania on 17 May.

Matches will be held at four venues in Bata, Ebebiyin, Mongomo and the capital Malabo. In 2012, only Malabo and Bata were used. The draw for the finals will be in Malabo on 3 December.

Ghana are without star players Kwadwo Asamoah and Asamoah Gyan and Uganda Cranes will fancy their chances against the Black Stars whom they have beaten in the same venue before.

 

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