African Cup of Nations finals will not be moved from January after Ebola outbreak

Papiss Cisse in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID
Papiss Cisse in action against Liverpool. Picture by FRANK REID
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OFFICIALS have confirmed the African Cup of Nations finals WILL go ahead in January but where it will be staged remains up in the air - affecting Newcastle pair Papiss Demba Cisse and Cheik Tiote.

The Confederation of African Football has reiterated it will not move the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations from January and has given Morocco until Saturday to decide if they will host as scheduled.

CAF had approached Ghana and South Africa about hosting the 2015 Nations Cup after it emerged hosts Morocco had raised concerns about holding the tournament due to the Ebola outbreak.

In a meeting held on Monday, CAF asked Morocco to “clarify their position” by November 8 - a deadline also given to any countries who may want to step in as replacement hosts.

The governing body says a final decision will be made on 11 November.

Monday’s meeting in Rabat was fixed last month when Morocco wrote to CAF asking it to postpone the tournament after being advised by its own health ministry that hosting the 16-team tournament posed a risk of the spread of the deadly virus.

Newcastle United duo Cisse and Tiote are currently locked in a battle for qualification for the tournament with their respective Senegal and Ivory Coast sides but plans for where the tournament will be held remain up in the air.

The tournament is due to be held between January and February 2015.