SA ‘will not bid for Cup’

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Mahlatse Mphahlele

South Africa has an ap­petite to host the 2019 Caf Cup of Nations, but will not be drawn into a bid­ding process.

Minister of sport Tokozile Xasa con­firmed on Fri­day that the gov­ern­ment is keen on host­ing the tour­na­ment but is wait­ing for the SA Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion to give it in­for­ma­tion.

Cameroon was stripped of the rights to host the tour­na­ment last week, and Xasa was clear that the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball must make an of­fer to the SA gov­ern­ment to host the com­pe­ti­tion, be­cause a bid would come with costs.

“I was very clear to them [Safa] that if they [Caf] want us to host‚ it must be an of­fer,” Xasa said on Fri­day.

“It must be very clear that South Africa is not of­fer­ing to bid for this tour­na­ment. We do have the sta­dium in­fra­struc­ture and ho­tels that are ready.”

Caf said on Fri­day that it is re­quest­ing ap­pli­ca­tions by mid­night on De­cem­ber 14 from mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions in­ter­ested in host­ing the tour­na­ment.

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