Morocco insists on delaying African Cup of Nations because of Ebola threat



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RABAT, Morocco — Morocco has insisted on delaying the African Cup of Nations because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A sports ministry statement late Saturday came after the Confederation of African Football said that Morocco must agree to hold the tournament in January as originally scheduled, or lose it and face sanctions.

The statement said the decision was dictated by health reasons linked "to the spread of the deadly Ebola pandemic" and called for holding the biannual tournament in 2016.

The confederation has repeatedly rejected calls to postpone the tournament and gave Morocco five days to agree to hold the tournament as scheduled or they would reassign it.

The body will meet again Tuesday to make a final decision on whether the tournament will be delayed or assigned to another country.

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