posted at 23:50
Author Name: David Legge
CAF meet over Ebola-clouded Cup of Nations
African football body CAF will hold a meeting of their executive in Algeria on Sunday and 24 hours later president Issa Hayatou will lead a delegation to Morocco for further talks. CAF are then expected to issue a statement clarifying the situation after weeks of wild media speculation. CAF agree to postpone tournament to mid-2015 or early 2016. Talks collapse, Morocco withdraw, and CAF seek new hosts. The Cup of Nations is crucial to CAF as each tournament generates $11.7 million from TV and marketing rights. It is the biggest cash injection into the Cairo-based confederation with the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup club competitions earning a combined $10.2 million yearly. CAF seem worried about setting a precedent, saying that "Since the first edition of the Africa Cup in 1957, the tournament has never been delayed or cancelled". The continental body would also have welcomed support from FIFA this week with the global football federation praising how CAF have handled the Ebola crisis.

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