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South Africa replaces Lybia as CAF African Youth Championship hosts

Posted: 16 March 2011 Time: 14:12

South Africa is to host the 2011 CAF African Youth Championship, with the event taking place between April 17 and May 2.

The event was originally due to be held in Libya between 18 March and 1 April, but was postponed indefinitely earlier this month in the wake of security concerns caused by the current political situation in the country.

“We decided to move the African Youth Championship to South Africa and it will be played from April 17 to May 2,” said CAF President Issa Hayatou today.

The four teams that reach the semi-finals of the competition will qualify for the Fifa U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011, which will take place between 29 July and 20 August.

Amajita, who were initially knocked out by Lesotho, will now take the place of former hosts Libya. They will play Mali in the opening match, with Egypt and Lesotho, the other two nations Group A, up against each other on the same day.

Group B comprises Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Gambia. The Ghana vs Nigeria clash is up first, with Cameroon to play.

The winners of Group A play the runners-up in Group B, while the runners up in Group A will meet the winners of Group B.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 03:03 pm
This means Khabos U20 will play?? Lucky You!

it also meansyou're with LESOTHo? Le tlo bona PELA li falla...!
posted: 03:11 pm
This is a scandal. Once again the South African taxpayer must come to the rescue of thievinf CAF officials. This tournament is a financial failure as there is no time to arrange sponsors and advertise to the public of this tournament(short notice). Remember the Afcon cup in South Africa?

So why would SUFFER want to replace Libya for this tournament? Because they can then lobby the Government for more money. It's a gigantic joke.

Now before people attack me let me just state, I would love South Africa to host international tournament BUT, only when we bid for it and have a few year to organise it. Guess what, when we do bid for it, CAF f*cks us over and gives it to a country like Libya because Gaddafi's poison oil money has bought then hook, line and sinker. Now when there is trouble we the taxpayers must pay for it.

So now when the stadiums are empty (remember AFCON 1996), the newspapers and tv analyst (bunch of idiots) will wonder out loud, "where are the fans?". Well guess what? Some of us fans need to be made aware in advance that such a tournament is taking place in the country. I hope this tournament is a success (without government money) and I hope I'm total wrong. Cheers, I had my say, you can attack now. Some of you guys are so predictable.

no be una fault
posted: 03:11 pm
Issa Hayatou what is wrong with your own country Cameroon why not host it there, i noticed for a very long time now Cameroon has not hosted any major competition if this man is sincere with himself CAF shouldn't have PP the tournament in d first place he should have approached his country's President for a bailout immediately without the stress some of d participating teams are currently going through because of d late kickoff. is he hiding something from us?
Tar Skara
posted: 03:13 pm
An all the games will be played in JHBRG

Pathetic SAFA Monkeys,

We need a game in Athlone Stadium and Nelson Mandela Stadium please!!!!!!!!!

And maybe we will win something for once, Akasebenzi lamxhwele enu, rhather use awamaxhosa namagongo
Tar Skara
posted: 03:15 pm
@Marlon, you sound like a DA campaigner man wasup????
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 03:27 pm
Nee fok our boys dont deserve to play in this tournament they are not good enough they failed to qualify. They will dissapoint again, I do not understand this getting via the back door story this is what we call spoon feeding. Ghana was supposed to host this event not us.
posted: 03:38 pm
our wake up call is working for colin, good. But what about the news of SE playing Zambia on 29 march, 2011? please confirm.
Trouble Shooter
posted: 03:48 pm
Thank God Nigeria didnt offer to bail CAF out!

Nowadays the only way South Africa qualifies for a tournament is to host. This is "ambush qualification". Lets see how they will perform.

And come to think of it, the players were not responsible for the tournament being taken away from Libya, so why have they been shut-out? Issa Hayatou must have taken bribe from the South Africans. It would have been better to say, Libya should meet South Africa home and away to determine if they would be disqualified as a punishment and a reward for SA for accepting to host.
posted: 04:09 pm
Denmark once won the european cup after they were asked to step in as host and they went on to win the tournament despite having faild to qualify for the tournament.lets hope our boys will use this opportunity wisely.
posted: 04:14 pm
@Solo,you're partialy correct but u must understand that libya also qualified by the virtue of being host.maybe i would have been correct to give that spot to a deserving team but i wouldnt make sense at the same time not to have hosts participating,its a double edge sword.
KhosiNation aka Mampodi
posted: 04:47 pm
You right all the best to the team. to be honest it makes me sick that there is no continuity at youth level. We all know how good the previous under 20 team was and as a result we have a very strong under23 team which is capable of even lifting the all africa games cup. If we can only start producing strong under 17 teams continuously no doubt will always be on top we will always see our under 23s at the olympics we will always have a very strong senior national team.
posted: 05:26 pm
Our boys are given a golden opportunity to remedy and rectify mistakes, I'm with the hope that they won't fail the nation.
posted: 06:21 pm
The only way SA can perform well in this tournament is if we fire Khabo Zondo-biggest under-achiever of all time! Serame should step in! PSL should also try and make players available. SA should be compensated for cleaning up CAF's mess.
posted: 06:34 pm
With our world cup stadia nd facilities we will be replacements for many competitions in African
posted: 07:17 pm
Please, frying chicken, come home to eat some eba, fofo and egusi soup
Peter Garry
posted: 02:55 pm
it time 4 Amajita 2 go 4 the cup and nonthing less
posted: 08:09 pm
"Amajita, who were initially knocked out by Lesotho, will now take the place of former hosts Libya"

So Lesotho beat, this monkey engu Khabo Zondo is dom kop really.
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