Africa Soccer Body Gives Morocco Five Days to Decide on Hosting

Africa’s soccer authority rejected Morocco’s request to postpone next year’s continental soccer finals due to Ebola, and gave the north African country until Nov. 8 to decide whether it will host the tournament.

It’s unlikely that more than 1,000 supporters from the rest of the continent will attend the tournament, which is due to start Jan. 17, and Morocco’s health system “is more than able to cope” with them, the confederation said on its website today. Other African soccer tournaments have been held since April without health problems, it said.

The confederation has asked South Africa, Ghana and five other countries whether they would be available as alternative hosts. It said today that a final decision on the venue will be made on Nov. 11.

About 5,000 people have been killed in the outbreak of the deadly viral disease in west Africa, with Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the worst-affected countries.

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