2019 AFCON qualifiers are almost done, and we’re looking forward to the tournament’s kickoff in June 2019. However, last weekend, CAF stripped Cameroon of the rights to host the tournament, citing slow progress in preparation and security concerns.
While this has brought a huge change in the arrangements, South Africa is willing to take Cameroon’s place as the new hosts.
SAFA Vice President & PSL chairman Irvin Khoza has urged SAFA to make the 2019 bid as it is important for SA to remain a major role player continentally & globally.— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) December 2, 2018
AFCON will help in building influence & relevance, added Dr Khoza. pic.twitter.com/4Z0klaJlHW
In 2010, South Africa hosted the FIFA World Cup, delivering a showpiece that’s arguably the best in the history of the tournament. The new stadiums and other infrastructure the government put in place for the World Cup will come in handy again, as the South Africa Football Association (SAFA) is looking to brush them up for 2019 AFCON.
According to Times Live, SAFA expressed concerns that the only challenge they might have is the money to handle the operational side, especially now that the tournament has expanded from 16 to 24 teams. Meanwhile, they’re putting together a proposal which they’ll present to the government for a final decision.
We sincerely hope their proposal pulls through, because, looking at the continent right now, no other country has the capacity to take Cameroon’s place on such short notice.
SAFA President has told the SAFA AGM in Sandton on Sunday, 2 December that CAF has asked the Association to seriously consider hosting AFCON 2019.— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) December 2, 2018
SAFA will however, meet the Government first before making a decision pic.twitter.com/zofivdFK5A