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Report: Equatorial Guinea steps in to host Africa Cup of Nations

An Equatorial Guinea national soccer tea

An Equatorial Guinea national soccer team supporter waits outside the stadium in Malabo before the Group A 2012 Africa Cup of Nations football match between Equatorial Guinea and Zambia, on January 29, 2012. The African Cup of Nations 2012 is taking place in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea from January 21 to Febuary 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Equatorial Guinea may be 150th in the world in population, but it will be No. 1 in your tournament-hosting hearts this January when the Africa Cup of Nations takes place.

The tournament was scheduled to be held in Morocco, but that host nation balked at the prospect of hosting due to fears of the Ebola virus. Qatar had announced desire to step in and host the 2015 event.

Morocco’s participatory rights were removed as a part of their departure, but it’s unclear whether Equatorial Guinea will just hop into the spot; The National Thunder were disqualified this summer for using an ineligible player.

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Equatorial Guinea have four host cities for the event, which they co-hosted with Gabon in 2012.

Only Algeria and Cape Verde have qualified for the tournament so far, with the final matches of qualification coming today, Saturday and Wednesday.

The surprising names in danger of missing out are Nigeria and Ivory Coast, while the biggest potential underdogs to qualify are Gabon and Zambia.

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