Morocco will be barred from the next two Africa Cup of Nations as punishment for refusing to host the 2015 and would be facing a 20 million dollar (16 million euros) fine over scheduled January 17-February 8 slot for fears of the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic to the popular tourist destination, CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Morocco’s Le Matin newspaper suggested this week.
The north African state had called for the Cup to be postponed, but organisers CAF rejected their request, stripping them of their position as hosts and barring them from playing in the continental showcase.
“We are going to stick to the rules, that means elimination from the next two Nations Cups,” Hayatou told France’s L’Equipe sports daily. “On top of that there will be the financial and moral damages to calculate.”
Oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, which co-hosted the 2012 edition with Gabon, were named as Morocco’s replacement as hosts for the troubled 2015 tournament on Friday.
There are 12 qualifiers scheduled for Saturday with defending champions Nigeria needing a victory in Congo Brazzaville to have a realistic chance of qualifying.