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South Africa reluctant to host 2015 African Cup

Egypt's Amr Gamal, left, scores his side's opening goal against Botswana during their African Cup of Nations group G qualifying soccer match at  Cairo International Stadium in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Egypt won 2-0. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is reluctant to step in as a last-minute host for next year’s African Cup of Nations because the sport ministry fears Ebola and unplanned staging costs.

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Algeria, Cape Verde qualify; Nigeria’s Keshi fired

Algeria and Cape Verde became the first teams to qualify for next year’s African Cup of Nations as they guaranteed top-two finishes in their groups with wins late Wednesday.

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A look at other abandoned international matches

This is a Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 file photo of Serbia fans as they challenge Italian police prior to the start of a Group C, Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match between Italy and Serbia, at the Luigi Ferraris stadium in Genoa, Italy. The start of the Italy-Serbia European Championship qualifier has been delayed due to Serbia fans throwing flares onto the pitch and lighting fireworks. The match was later abandon due to crowd troubl.  (AP Photo/Carlo Baroncini, File)

The European Championship qualifier between Serbia and Albania that erupted into violence after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner into the stadium was just the latest international match to be abandoned because of fighting.

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