Thursday, December 6, 2018

South Africa Angling Closer To Hosting 2019 Africa Nations Cup Edition!

SAFA president Danny Jordaan is cofident South Africa will be granted 2019 Afcon hosting rights.
The Confederations of African Football (CAF),recently called upon Morocco and South Africa to step in as possible replacements to host the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations edition after Cameroon were stripped of hosting Africa's biggest tournament, but South Africa are angling closer as favorites to get the hosting rights after indicating their interest to stage the competition.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan confirmed that his Association have already sent CAF a letter saying they are interested in hosting the competition and will now wait on the continent’s governing body to tell them what is required.

Having successfully hosted the biggest footballing tournament in the World- the World Cup in 2010, South Africa presents a good option for CAF who are looking for a 'plug and play' option.

"For any major event your major cost is infrastructure in stadiums, training venues, in roads, in airports and all of those things. Our stadiums hosted the World Cup. It’s the highest level of requirements for any event in the world and we delivered in 10 World Cup stadiums,” Jordaan said.

Morocco who are bidding to stage Africa's biggest tournament alongside SA after their recent success in  hosting the CHAN tournament last year, are also in a good position, but CAF are believed to be leaning more on South Africa's bid who are in line of hosting FIFA Women's World Cup in 2023, considering the dynamics of a new expanded 2019 AFCON tournament which will see 24 nations taking part rather than the usual 16.

The new host nation will be confirmed before the 31st of December 2018.


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