SA asked to host 2019 AFCON
Posted: 3 December 2018 Time: 08:55 am
The Confederation of African Football have asked South Africa to step in as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations at short notice.
This was confirmed by SAFA president Danny Jordaan at the association’s Annual General Meeting in Sandton on Sunday, after it emerged on Friday that Cameroon have been stripped of their rights to host the competition.
The decision to drop reigning champions Cameroon as hosts was made in Accra, Ghana, following an extraordinary executive committee meeting.
According to CAF, a number of compliance conditions were not met by Cameroon, so they had to make the decision to seek a different country to host the competition.
SAFA are open to hosting the competition, but the decision rests with the South African government, who will be consulted by the association in the near future.
CAF want to have a new host for the competition by December 31 and they have pledged to communicate openly and transparently on the matter.
With the stadiums built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa would be one of the first countries CAF consider as replacements for any country that is no longer able to host the AFCON. South Africa hosted the competition in 2013 and would be able to host it again, but it's not up to the association alone to make a call.