FIFA President Sepp Blatter announces Qatar as the host nation for the FIFA World Cup 2022. (BBC)

The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos. Seven years before the 2022 tournament kicks off in the wealthy emirate, FIFA recommended a break with soccer tradition on Tuesday moving its marquee tournament to November and December instead of the usual June-July time slot.

Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast lifts the trophy after their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations victory over Ghana in Equatorial Guinea,  February 8, 2015. (EPA/Gavin Barker)

Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry saved the day, and then he scored the winner.

The 35-year-old veteran blocked a penalty attempt from opposing goalkeeper Razak Braimah and then stepped up to convert his own to give the Ivory Coast a 9-8 shootout win over Ghana on Sunday in the African Cup of Nations final.

Morocco was fined $1 million by the Confederation of African Football on Friday for failing to host the 2015 African Cup of Nations soccer tournament because of fears over Ebola.

Morocco was also banned from the next two tournaments in 2017 and 2019, and CAF said it was seeking around $9 million in damages from the North African nation for backing out of its hosting agreement.

Guinea's players line up ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations group D football match between Guinea and Mali in Mongomo, on January 28, 2015 (AFP/Khaled Desouki)

Guinea qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in bizarre fashion on Thursday after a drawing of lots was required to separate them and Mali.

They will go through to a quarter-final on Sunday in Equatorial Guinea's capital Malabo against Group C winners Ghana while unfortunate Mali go home.

Equatorial Guinea, who were disqualified from the preliminary rounds of the Africa Cup of Nations for cheating, are to replace Morocco as hosts of the 2015 event.

Morocco wanted the tournament postponed over fears of a spread of the Ebola virus but the Confederation of African Football (Caf) refused and on Tuesday stripped them of the hosting rights and kicked them out of the competition.

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