Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Sports Minister

Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister has confirmed. (AFP)
Updated 12 December 2018

Morocco will not host 2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Sports Minister

RABAT: Morocco will not be a candidate to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were stripped of the tournament, the country’s sports minister Rachid Talbi Alami said on Wednesday.

“Morocco does not intend to run for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and will not do so,” he told AFP.

Earlier this year, North America were picked as hosts of the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a US-led bid over a Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

The soccer showpiece will return to the US for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow.

Meanwhile, Spain and Portugal had considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 tournament, after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez visited Rabat and discussed the possibility with Morocco's King Mohamed VI.

Sanchez was on a visit to the Moroccan capital of Rabat and met with Prime Minister Saadedin Al Othmani and King Mohamed to discuss the possibility of bidding for world soccer's global showpiece tournament.


English Premier League to restart on June 17

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English Premier League to restart on June 17

  • No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9

LONDON: The Premier League season is set to restart on June 17, three months after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, British media reported on Thursday.

No matches have been played since Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the title.

Top-flight clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to contact training and were meeting again on Thursday to discuss issues such as the restart date and the rebate to broadcasters.

Matches would have to be played behind closed doors, much like they have been in Germany's Bundesliga since it restarted earlier in May.

The BBC reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. Those matches are the two games in hand.

A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of June 19-21.

So far, 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.

La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11, while a crucial summit between Italian football officials and the country's sports minister will be held later on Thursday.

Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the Premier league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.

Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.