CAF Forgives Morocco, Free To Participate In 2017 Nations Cup

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CAF Forgives Morocco, Free To Participate In 2017 Nations Cup
The Confederation of African Football executives have agreed to allow Morocco to compete in the 2017 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition.
Morocco were barred from the 2017 and 2019 tournaments after refusing to host the 2015 finals last January and February because they feared visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country.
Football officials from the North African kingdom appealed the decision at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport and won the case on Thursday.
CAS said the two-tournament ban should be lifted and a $1 million (920,000 euros) fine reduced to $50,000. A statement issued after CAF executives led by President Issa Hayatou met in Cairo cleared the 1976 African champions to compete.
“CAF has committed to implementing the decision and will comply with this ruling despite the contradictions observed in the CAS decision,” a statement by CAF read in part. Equatorial Guinea replaced Morocco as 2015 hosts.
The 2017 qualifiers are likely to comprise 13 four-nation groups with the first matches scheduled for June. Algeria, Gabon and Ghana are bidding to host the 2017 Cup of Nations and the successful candidate will be announced on Wednesday before the draw.


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