Newcastle trio affected as Equatorial Guinea named new Africa Cup of Nations hosts after Ebola outbreak

Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.
Newcastle United's Papiss Cisse. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.

EQUATORIAL Guinea have been named hosts for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in a move that could affect three Newcastle United players.

The Confederation of African Football selected a new host for the 17 January to 8 February finals after rejecting Morocco’s request to delay the event over concerns about the spread of the outbreak of the Ebola virus.

Caf subsequently expelled Morocco from the relocated tournament, which will now be held in the country who co-hosted with Gabon in 2012.

Newcastle trio Mehdi Abeid, Papiss Demba Cisse and Cheik Tiote could all be involved in the tournament.

Abeid’s Algeria have already qualified, but Cisse and Tiote, who represent Senegal and Ivory Coast respectively, remain locked in a battle to make it.

Senegal are second in their group with two qualifying matches remaining, and are just one point ahead of third-placed Egypt.

Egypt host Senegal in the next group game, on Saturday, while Senegal will complete their qualification campaign with a home match against Botswana four days later.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, are third in their group, level on points with third-placed DR Congo.

The Ivorians will complete their group campaign with a trip to Sierra Leone on Saturday, followed with a match against Cameroon – who look set to qualify – four days later.

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