The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has chosen Equatorial
Guinea as the host for the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
You will recall that Morocco was supposed to host the games, but
wanted the event postponed due to Ebola fears, however CAF did not
agree. Morocco was subsequently disqualified from the tournament, and dropped as host.
CAF made the announcement via a release, The Cable reports:
The Head of State and President of the
Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo this Friday
14 November met with the President of CAF Issa Hayatou concerning the
possibility for Equatorial Guinea to host the Africa Cup of Nations
Orange 2015. Following fraternal and fruitful discussions, the Head of
State of Equatorial Guinea has agreed to host the tournament from
January 17 to February 8, 2015.
Therefore, the Executive Committee of CAF
confirms that the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will be held in
Equatorial Guinea on the dates agreed, and the national team of
Equatorial Guinea is qualified for the final tournament as a
representative of the country host. The four cities selected for the
finals are Malabo, Bata, Mongomo and Ebebiyin. The draw for the finals
will take place Wednesday, December 3, 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial
Guinea. The Executive Committee of CAF and President Issa Hayatou seize
this opportunity to express their sincere thanks and deep appreciation
to the people of Equatorial Guinea, its government, and particularly to
His Excellency the Head of State and President of the Republic
Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.