Football: Morocco won't host African Nations Cup, disqualified from tournament, says CAF

Issa Hayatou (left), Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, speaks to Fouzi Lekjaa (right), president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), during breakfast on Nov 3, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco. The north African nation was officia
Issa Hayatou (left), Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, speaks to Fouzi Lekjaa (right), president of the Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), during breakfast on Nov 3, 2014 in Rabat, Morocco. The north African nation was officially stripped of the right to host the African Nations Cup next year, the CAF said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Morocco were officially stripped of the right to host the African Nations Cup next year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Tuesday.

It has also disqualified Morocco from playing in the finals, which the CAF said would go ahead.

The regional soccer governing body said it had received several offers from countries to step in as hosts for the tournament on the scheduled dates of Jan 17-Feb 8.

Morocco wanted a postponement over Ebola virus fears but this was rejected by the CAF.