Future of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament to be decided after Ebola fears

Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote.
Newcastle United midfielder Cheik Tiote.
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A FINAL decision on the future of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations tournament will be taken on Tuesday - affecting Newcastle pair Papiss Demba Cisse and Cheik Tiote.

It comes after Morocco failed to meet the deadline to confirm it will host the tournament in January after concerns over the Ebola outbreak.

The North Africans had requested a postponement.

But the Confederation of African Football (Caf) refused the request and set a deadline of November 8 for Morocco to confirm they would host the tournament.

Now a judgement on the future of the 2015 tournament is set to be made on Tuesday November 11, when Caf has an executive committee meeting in Cairo.

A statement from Morocco’s sports ministry said: “Morocco maintains its request to postpone the CAN 2015 to 2016.

“The decision is dictated by health reasons because of the serious threat of Ebola and the risk of its spreading.”

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.

Morocco had asked for the 16-team tournament to take place in either June 2015 or January 2016.

But it has been confirmed the tournament will be held between January and February 2015.