Morocco were barred from the 2017 and 2019 tournaments after refusing to host the 2015 finals last January and February because they feared visiting supporters could bring the deadly Ebola virus into the country. Football officials from the north African kingdom appealed the decision at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and won the case last Thursday.
CAS said the two-tournament ban should be lifted and a $1 million (920,000 euros) fine reduced to $50,000. A statement issued after CAF executives led by president Issa Hayatou met in Cairo cleared 1976 African champions Morocco to compete. "CAF has committed to implementing the decision and will comply with this ruling despite the contradictions observed in the CAS decision," it read in part.