CAF says African Nations Cup host will be announced this week

CAF president Issa Hayatou (C) leaves the meeting in which Morocco was stripped as host of the African Cup of Nations.

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The Confederation of African Football says a new host for the African Cup of Nations will be named in the next two or three days.

In comments published Wednesday by the African soccer body from an interview with French television station France 24, CAF President Issa Hayatou also says that delaying the tournament would have been like signing a ”death warrant” for the sport in Africa.

Morocco was dumped as host on Tuesday because it wanted to postpone the tournament over Ebola fears.

Hayatou says a delay would have affected commercial agreements with sponsors and players may not have been released by their clubs to play in a re-scheduled tournament.