|Nigeria won the 2013 edition, which also had to be moved from its original host country © Getty Images
|Equatorial Guinea has been confirmed as the new host country for the 2015 African Nations Cup, replacing Morocco. The African Football Confederation (CAF) confirmed the news on Friday, saying that Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo had agreed after a meeting with CAF president Issa Hayatou.
CAF said the dates for the tournament will remain Jan. 17-Feb. 8 after Morocco was dumped as host for demanding a postponement over Ebola fears.
Equatorial Guinea co-hosted the African Nations Cup in 2012 with Gabon.
CAF says four cities will be used for the tournament: Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin. The draw for the finals will take place on Dec. 3 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, CAF said in its statement.
CAF also said Equatorial Guinea’s team would be allowed to take part as the host nation despite being disqualified from African Nations Cup qualifying this year for fielding an ineligible player.
Last week, Morocco was expelled from the CAF after saying that they are no longer willing to host the January tournament this year because of fears over the spread of Ebola. They had previously asked to postpone the event, but CAF rejected that request.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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