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Fewer venues for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Posted: 15 March 2012 Time: 12:17 pm

South Africa will only use a maximum of seven stadiums for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations early next year, with only four stadiums being used for all group matches despite the country being spoilt for choice.

Mvuzo Mbebe, the CEO of the 2013 Afcon, reveals that though the venues are yet to be determined, they are only considering stadiums that hosted the World Cup in 2010 for now.

Mbebe says they are only using fewer stadiums – where each of the four groups will play double-header matches at one venue – as a cost-reducing measure, while also being in line with the CAF principles.

In essence, four venues will be used with the possibility of a maximum of three additional venues being considered taking into account parallel matches and knockout stages.

Over 20 stadiums in the country already meet the CAF standards, with Gauteng already having seven venues that seat at least 20 000 that can host the Afcon matches. However, for the CHAN 2014 all other venues will be considered.

“Groups will be hosted in a single venue as a principle that minimises the overall logistics and mitigates against venue hopping for the teams,” Mbebe says.

“We are using fewer stadiums in consideration of the fact that it will be costly to spread the games around the country. Only four to seven stadiums will be used and we will know those stadiums by the end of the month.

“So far we have already had briefings with candidate host cities while next week we have presentation by candidate host cities to LOC. The confirmation of host cities will be done by the end of the month with the signing of host city agreements following immediately afterwards.

“In early April we will then have a visit from CAF with the formal launch of the Afcon 2013 set for April 3. The president of CAF will also be visiting next month, while we have set the tournament to be played from mid-January to mid-February,” says Mbebe.

The 32 tournament matches will be played over 17 match days, with the draw slotted in for end of September/early October.

While the LOC for the 2013 Afcon is sticking with the World Cup venues, there are concerns around attendance, especially with the tournament being played in a country that struggles to attract crowds.

Mbebe says ticket accessibility will override profitability in their bid to have numbers at the stadiums.

Article by: Lovemore Moyo

Previous comments on this story...

MoDawana
posted: 12:43 pm
I had the pleasure of being at the openning game of the World Cup and must say the atmosphere was great. Hence I will never forgive Mokoena for single handedly spoiling the atmosphere.

I say give the openning to either Durban,PE or Polokwane to let the people from those provinces to feel what we Gautengers are spoilt with. These Provinces shown great support for soccer.

Infact the four stadia to host the group stages should be Moses Mabhida, Mbombela, PE and Peter Mokaba/Free State.

Soccer City can perhaps host the final or a knock-out game.

But first pay Inyanga Madala least SAFA/BB also becomes the African host team not qualify for the second round.
Mfana Wa Style
posted: 01:58 pm
As long as Mbombela is not overlooked, its fine!!!!!!!
deBuc
posted: 02:17 pm
This facken 2013 bores me to death. we just had one now now with empty stadiums now they gonna embarass us again with huge stadiums with out people. 2015 was just around the coner
mokoko wa limpopo
posted: 02:32 pm
So it is Polokwane and which other 3 venues?
Anonymous
posted: 02:46 pm
deBuc: 2012-03-15 14:17


This facken 2013 bores me to death. we just had one now now with empty stadiums now they gonna embarass us again with huge stadiums with out people. 2015 was just around the coner
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Lmao eish mfana I laughed so loud, I can still hear the echos around the corridor...! That being said, I fully agree with Wandile...the crowd in Nelson Mandela Bay, Moses Mabhida and Peter Mokaba never disappoints! Yet, they are yet to witness the feeling of hosting the opener and showcase their talent in terms of Organizing the ceremony and both provinces have a rich hitory (The Zulu kingdom and...EC's Xhosa heroics and San nature). Let them host the opening ceremony and see wot they can dish, Gauteng ofcoz will help with their experience...and if they put up an under par perfomance, they can only learn from it! But we will be behind them all the way...
Pirates is not 1 skipper team, you must show for the Zulu Ass
posted: 02:56 pm
Obviously,

Opening Game will be in Soccer City.

The Group stages will be played in:

Mbombela
Polokwane
Loftus
Rustenburg

The Quarter and Semi-Finals

Mabidha and Cape Town

The Final

Soccer City
ellisbrown
posted: 03:11 pm
I guess Ellis park or Orlando stadium can also be used to eliminate Bafana Bafana!!
Anonymous
posted: 03:12 pm
Please forward this to Mvuzo Mbebe, the CEO of the 2013 Afcon,

After the very poor organized 2012 AFCON....now attention must be on 2013 AFCON. The current main issue is of which countries to host AFCON games & SAFA is even thinking of towns to bid but is it really necessary? We hosted the best ever World Cup....why not host the best ever AFCON Cup? Why not take AFCON to the level that it has never been to? We do away with double headers.

My view about towns is....we use all soccer world cup stadiums including the Bloemfontein Rugby Stadium as a soccer crazy Bloem town doesn't have world class soccer stadium. Towns must be paired in groups according to the distance between them.

Groups & towns (my view)
• Group A.....Jozi & Rustenburg
• Group B.....Lebowa & Nelspruit
• Group C.....Cape Town & PE
• Group D.....Durban & Bloem

Media, please help to make the next AFCON the best ever…..please. I don’t care if you name my name or not but please lets make our country proud.
Mbhebhisto
posted: 03:31 pm
Guys you forgot Independence stadium in Umthatha. plz take two games there SAFA
Mafia's Teeth
posted: 03:33 pm
Fred: 2012-03-15 15:12
Groups & towns (my view)
• Group A.....Jozi & Rustenburg
• Group B.....Lebowa & Nelspruit
• Group C.....Cape Town & PE
• Group D.....Durban & Bloem

Fred lebowa e mo kae warra? ana ga o nya ke go sokologa? we transformed to polokwane man
PSL awards a joke
posted: 03:41 pm
My favorite stadiums:

Soccer City

Moses Mabhida

Mbombela

Mmabatho,

other for consideration (polokwane, loftus and PE). I KNOW Cape Twon can wait 4 now
Hangwanie
posted: 04:44 pm
Please dont leave out Loftus Stadium, we can have a a full capacity do the fact that Gauteng is top on Soccer.
Brown
posted: 04:51 pm
@ Mafia's Teeth.Fred: 2012-03-15 15:12
Groups & towns (my view)
• Group A.....Jozi & Rustenburg
• Group B.....Lebowa & Nelspruit
• Group C.....Cape Town & PE
• Group D.....Durban & Bloem

Fred lebowa e mo kae warra? ana ga o nya ke go sokologa? we transformed to polokwane man
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1 venue per group not 2, you can replace & with or
Nebo
posted: 05:38 pm

we can stil shows the world dat we stil have another world class stadium inside the locations let us take ACN to the peoples by using de stadiums such as Orlando, moruleng, Sinaba and king zwelithini e.t.c
Reubs
posted: 08:52 pm

They better use Orlando stadium as well,the question is will the pitches be up to standard,loftus is a mess,moses mabida's drainage system is a mess,
STANCOVIC
posted: 09:02 am
I disagree with the view of scheduling double-headers with aim of reducing costs. If you take the games o the people they will fill the stadiums and you you will make more money. The problem with the preious AFCON hoss was their population, poverty, etc that why they cannot afford to fill the stands. Here is the opposite, though we live in poverty. My message to SAFA is use all the world cup venues effectively, you will make a lot of money. No double headers please.
STANCOVIC
posted: 09:03 am
I disagree with the view of scheduling double-headers with aim of reducing costs. If you take the games o the people they will fill the stadiums and you you will make more money. The problem with the preious AFCON hoss was their population, poverty, etc that why they cannot afford to fill the stands. Here is the opposite, though we live in poverty. My message to SAFA is use all the world cup venues effectively, you will make a lot of money. No double headers please.
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