The 2015 Africa Cup of Nations will not be cancelled, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) said after a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday.
Caf confirmed Morocco, whose national association could face further censure for reneging on its contract, will not host the Afcon. The continental body expelled Morocco from the tournament.
Caf will now consider requests from various national associations to replace Morocco as hosts.
Africa’s headline international tournament, scheduled for January 17 to February 8, was plunged into crisis by Morocco’s withdrawal, citing concerns over the spread of the Ebola virus. Morocco asked for the tournament to be postponed to June, which the confederaion refused, citing a packed schedule.
A statement from the confederation on Tuesday said: “(The) executive committee of Caf has taken note of the response of the Minister of Youth and Sports of the Kingdom of Morocco in a letter dated 8 November 2014 requesting the postponement of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in 2015.
“This response clearly indicates that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation reiterated its refusal to hold the competition. Therefore, having firmly and unanimously notified on 3 November of its decision to keep the competition on the dates indicated, the executive committee confirmed the Orange Africa Cup of Nations 2015 will not take place in Morocco.”
Candidates named to host Afcon are Angola, Algeria and Nigeria.