Ivory Coast skipper Yaya Touré says he doesn’t understand Morocco’s refusal to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in January as scheduled over Ebola fears.
“Morocco’s decision is difficult to understand knowing that they are hosting the FIFA Club World Cup next month,” Yaya told France 24, adding that there were no ban on incoming flights from affected countries in the Kingdom.
“The health-related reason given is not valid,” insisted the Manchester City’s midfielder.
“AFCON is the biggest football tournament in Africa. Morocco ignored the disappointment of African people.
“It is difficult to play without knowing. The teams who qualify will not even know where the AFCON will be hosted.
“If the AFCON was to be cancelled, it would be a huge disappointment for us players, for the fans and for the African continent.”
The Confederation of African Football, who has disqualified Morocco from the competition on Tuesday, is set to announce a new host nation in ‘three or four days’.
Yaya Touré and the Elephants will face Sierra Leone in Abidjan on November 14, before hosting Cameroon on the same ground five days later in their Group D of the qualifiers.