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Caf puts dampener on Afcon swap

The Confederation of African Football unhappy about Libya and South Africa Afcon agreement

Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 6:41 pm

The Confederation of African Football on Friday expressed disappointment with Thursday's announcement by South Africa that it is to replace Libya as host of the 2013 African Nations Cup finals, labeling the news as premature and upsetting. 

CAF's general secretary Hicham El Amrani said an agreement between South Africa and Libya to swap the dates of future tournaments they are to host still need to be ratified by African football's executive committee, which next meets late next month in Cairo.   "We are disappointed that the South African Football Association has chosen to make public these discussions and plans before the matter is discussed by our executive committee," he said.   "It would have been correct to have waited until it is discussed and ratified. It is premature and it has upset us that there has been this breach of protocol"   South Africa, who hosted last year's World Cup finals, made public yesterday an agreement with Libya over the hosting of the 2013 and 2017 finals. They released a surprise brief statement on their website.   Libya were due to host the 2013 finals but have swapped with the South Africa, who had been designated the 2017 event, after discussions between the two country's football associations.   The civil war situation Libya has halted almost all footballing activity in the country since March as rebels attempt to overthrow the regime of Muammar Gaddafi.   The next Nations Cup finals are to be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in January and February after which the tournament switches to every odd year. Morocco are the hosts in 2015.

Article by: Mzansi Football

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Anonymous
posted: 07:08 pm
Issa Hayatou wants nothing that has Danny Jordaan in it. Since Danny is @ a 4front if Libya/SA deal, he just wants 2 destroy it. Hate SA all u want bt we wil host gr8 tournaments like WORLD CUP, CAF Nations & Chan. We hav resources & infrastructure no1 has on the continent, yet u dnt want our help.
Anonymous
posted: 07:49 pm
I think its high time idiots like hayatou steps down from caf as with him at the helm of this beautiful game only disasters are never gona end.
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 pm
Y Issa y?
Anonymous
posted: 08:05 pm
As far as I remember when this statement was released,it was also mentioned that this is subject to Caf approval,so I don't see what the fuss is abt from Caf secretary.This is the same statement like Psl wishing to have African soccer leagues being in line with Psl & subsequently refused.The statement doesn't say it is a done deal.Even if they Caf are against this move,how many countries are ready for this?
The Ghost
posted: 08:25 pm
AYEYEYE!!!! I knew it. Do you really think the fact that South Africa is a newcomer as far as 'African Football' is concerned, and has in the process made leaps and bounds ... even hosting the biggest of them all that this sits well will some of the incumbents at CAF? Heeellll noooo!!! When you are very successful that will ALWAYS breed enemies.
Anonymous
posted: 08:33 pm
Here come again these morons call themselves CAF, I can't take this nonsese from these jelous Arabs running the shack called CAF...if possible we would boycot all their stupid torneys...what is wrong with SAFA anouncing da agreement ??? Ok let them take their Afcon 2 Somalia...how many times SAFA came to their rescue now that's how they thank us ???
Nipsy
posted: 08:42 pm
The reason Chiefs does not participate in this cheap CAF Championship it is bcos is it runned by idiots who instead of focussing on getting sponsors to make CAF to be on the Same standard with UEFA they focus on light issues, they can take their CAF and go to hell we will never beg them.
Nipsy
posted: 08:51 pm
This idiots should never think that they are doing us a favour while we are doing them a favor. Nxa.
The Ghost
posted: 09:40 pm
Guys, remember when we were slated to host to 1998 AFCON, and then Kenya withdrew at the 11th hour because they could not host it, and then the very same CAF begged us to host the 1996 instead and we gladly stepped in barely giving us time to promote the event, but we did it nonetheless? Man, they can keep their damn tournament, and like someone said have Somalia host it instead. FYI NIPSY: Chiefs do not participate in the CAF tournaments because they were banned for not honoring games that's the first and paramount reason, the second is that they do not qualify for the simple reason that they did not win the necessary championship that would put them in position to compete i.e. the league, I bet you know that but just had to pour poo on a topic that really had nothing to do with that sparza team of yours.
Champjuju
posted: 09:48 pm
Caf is a big fat joke.don't know why we should even go and play in they poor champs league as our very own psl is way better and much more competitive than this nasty league.sies man,caf can sux it.
Nipsy
posted: 01:44 pm
The Ghost: 2011-08-26 21:40

Stop claiming to know too much we didn't want to participate bcos CAF Championship is very cheap and this is the reason the banned us.
Nipsy
posted: 01:51 pm
Musona was sold for R16m Shabba can be sold for R20m CAF championship is less than R7m just imagine if Shabba gets lifetime injury in Africa fighting for a cheap star. Nxa CAF is a waste, I don't see my team participating before the up the prize. SAFA please tell these guys that we are doing them a favor they are not doing us anything instead they give us extra work.
Mpimpi
posted: 04:20 am
Nematendani is an accomplished IDIOT and a fool. I have said it before and i say it again that this imbecile does not know what he is doing, first it was the stupid Bafana kit, infighting, staff problems and now this embarrassment
Dragg
posted: 04:03 pm
for those of you unenlightened ones The reason CAF is upset is because the information was made public before time. as for Chiefs not playing in the Champions League cos its cheap: that's rubbish cos the ACL is the only way by which African clubs can participate in the World Club Cup which incase you've forgotten is a FIFA event so who is losing out?
As far as Africa is concerned only 4 countries have the infrastructure to host any CAF competition at short notice and they are Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Morrocco and CAF knows this. there's no conspiracy here just ethics that were not followed. By the way, Congratulations to Bafana Bafana for qualifying for AFCON 2012 ahead of Egypt. thats no mean feat..
Anonymous
posted: 08:28 am
Nipsy: 2011-08-27 13:44,

Chiefs do not participate because they accused CAF of conspiring against Southern African teams generally and South African teams specifically after they were knocked out of the more lucrative champions league and forced to play the lesser recognised Mandela Cup. This was so surprising given that to this day the Mandela Cup is said to sit on top of KC trophy cabinet and their single most important cup ever. When you win the champions league you actually get more than 1.5 million US Dollars. That should be more than 1o million rands.

Dragg: 2011-08-28 16:03,

Nigeria does not have any capacity to host any event at short notice. Unless of course you mean under 17 tournaments. Nigeria does not have infrastructure. Okay they can host a lot of gatherings for fake pastors any day. Thy have fake churches in abudance at Lagos.
Sinyorito
posted: 09:48 am
SAFA said, the decision still needs to be confirmed by CAF, what is the problem with that!!!! i guess once you are succesfull you make a lot of enemies!!!!!!! RISE MZANTSI RISE, they will never meet our standards if they continue treating us like this!!!!!!!
Original All Psl Trophies
posted: 10:17 am
infact Nigeria got rights to host as standby host, according to agreement reached in 2006, read kickoff.com (Nigeria), so our Kistern and his associates bayaphapha.
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