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Uche joins Nigeria squad for key qualifier: but will there be a 2015 African Cup of Nations?

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Ike Uche has been recalled to the Nigerian side that faces Congo in a must-win African Cup of Nations qualifier in Brazzaville on Saturday, but will there even be an African Cup of Nations in 2015?

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

The African Cup of Nations was supposed to be held in Morocco from January 15 to February 8; originally three countries--DR Congo, Morocco and South Africa, offered to host it, and Morocco was chosen from this group.  However, Morocco has now decided it is unwilling to host the tournament because of Ebola fears.

Sierra Leone and Guinea have made it to the group round (Liberia did not); the Leone Stars only made it this far because Seychelles refused to travel to Freetown to play them due to the Ebola epidemic, so CAF awarded the tie to Sierra Leone.

It is possible another country will agree to host, or the tournament could be postponed.  Villarreal could be very interested in the outcome of the meeting of the African Football Federation tomorrow to decide the matter; Ike Uche has been recalled to the Nigeria squad to face Congo (away) and South Africa (home) with Nigeria needing to win both matches to have a realistic chance to progress to the tournament proper.

Should a site be found, and should Nigeria qualify, Uche would miss five or six league matches for sure, and possibly Copa del Rey and Europa League matches as well.  The good news is that we will know by November 20 whether Nigeria have qualified; if they have, it's likely he will have been one of the reasons, so we could figure he will be called up for the tournament itself.