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CAF clarifies on 2013 Cup of Nations swap deal

Posted: 26 August 2011 Time: 19:46

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday declared as null a purported arrangement between Libya and South Africa on the hosting of the 2013 African Cup of Nations finals. 

The story broke in the media on Thursday that politically-troubled Libya, designated to host the tournament in 16 months, had ceded the right to South Africa, whilst the North African country would now host the 2017 event, duly awarded to the Rainbow Nation.   Disturbed by the reports, the Nigeria Football Federation contacted CAF headquarters in Egypt for clarification, and CAF General Secretary Hicham El Amrani indeed confirmed that there was nothing of the sort   "The hosting rights of all CAF tournaments are duly awarded by the CAF Executive Committee, at sessions designated for such, and not subject to barter by nations. The CAF Executive Committee will decide at its meeting coming at the end of September 2011 which nation will host the 2013 African Cup of Nations, should Libya be deemed unable to," said El Amrani.   In its letter to CAF on Thursday, NFF reminded the continental body of the arrangement put in place for three Nations Cup final competitions at the end of a CAF Executive Committee meeting in Egypt on 6th September, 2006.   "In the resolution of the Executive Committee, conveyed to other members, bidding nations and the media in the CAF Auditorium on 6 September 2006, the following decisions were made:   - that Angola be granted the hosting rights to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations; - that the bid of Equatorial Guinea and Gabon be granted but pushed forward, such that they can jointly host the 2012 edition of the competition;   - in the same vein, Libya was called upon to host the 2014 edition of the competition (now put back to 2013, following a CAF resolution in 2010);  - that Nigeria be given full support by CAF, towards the bidding and hosting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2009; - also that Nigeria be prepared as a standby host, in the event of any of the three aforementioned hosts not being able to host the tournament.   "Mr. General Secretary, the above resolution was the official position of the Executive Committee at the time, fully documented and reported in the media. It was unconditional and it was not the subject of any dispute. We, as a nation, accepted the decision in good faith and wished all the selected hosts the very best.   "However, the reality of the situation on the ground in Libya means that they can not possible play host to a football tournament the magnitude and importance of the Africa Cup of Nations. We are aware of this fact, aware of the resolution of 6 September 2006 and are prepared to exercise our rights as standby hosts for the 2013 orange Africa Cup of Nations.   "We will appreciate it if you could make a statement on this matter, clarifying the position of CAF thereon. We would like you to call to order, the football association of Libya, and make them realize that it is not in their hands to decide who to bequeath hosting rights of the Africa Cup of Nations. It is the prerogative of CAF, and since we have not indicated anything to the contrary, we reserve the right to step in and start making preparations to host a successful competition in 2013..." 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:54 pm
How embarassing this is to RSA. How and why did SAFA rush 2 media to announce we will host AFCON2013 without liasing with CAF? Now we must swallow this.Sies maan...
posted: 10:08 pm
i will urge the NFF to follow this case up to a reasonable conclusion. Nigeria deserved the right to be given the go ahead to host the 2013 afcon., there is nothing negotiable here.

SAFA are sets of greedy and ungrateful people.
posted: 04:13 am
Meeeeen, we always criticize NFF, but this time, I have to say we have every reason to be proud of them for standing up for NIGERIA in a just and timely manner.

It still baffles me why some of these African nations like to disrespect us. This time, we will crush who ever is opposed to our hosting and retaining the cup we plan on winning in Gabon in 2012. SAFA and Libya be warned.Naija NO DEY CARRY LAST

On a more serious note, bros Siasia thank you for a very strong list. Make sure they go into Madagascar and bully their opponents to victory. You can play beautiful soccer later but this game is all about the 3 points. ABEG MAKE UNA NO LOOK FACE OOO.
Chief Kwame
posted: 09:06 am
CAF should not succumb to the pressures of Nigeria.Insecurity is at the highest ebb there.Bombings every now & then,even their Capital City,it is a big shame.Nigeria is not safe o,BLACK STARS take note.
posted: 09:10 am
Nigeria should be allowed to exercise thier right if CAF have agreed on the above stated terms.Please no magumagu , as we have had enough of bribery scandal in football bodies due to hosting rights!!!.
SA should not bribe there way through with Libya and some CAF executive, there turn is 2017 period!!.Libya have lost it and there is no pity or rehabilitation bargain about this .We should all support NFF on this , hosting of championship such as this open up economy of countries to the world.We should trive at hosting major championship as much as possible!
posted: 09:14 am
@Chief Kwame, you talk of insecurity and refused to name your backward country in it.The last time Ghana hosted the nations cup , it was bankroll by Nigeria under a joint hosting right .St..upid ungrateful lots!!
posted: 12:52 pm
Truth be told, Nigeria is currently not a secured or safe place to invite the rest of Africa. You don't invite your neighbors to dinner when all is not well between the Master and the Madam of the house, least the guests sit down at the table and end up in the line of flying dishes. Let's fix our house first people...
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posted: 10:31 pm
All african countries have got security problems. Angola is an example even south africa has security problems too. So caf has got no excuse to deny nigeria their right as standby host. As for u ghanians, i don't understand why u guys are so enviouse of nigerians.
posted: 04:10 am
@Uzoma you are absolutely right, "most" African countries have security issues, but not all direct those angers towards foreign nationals like the incident with the UN (HQ) building in Abuja. We don't want a repeat of the last AFN on our grounds. God bless Nigeria!
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