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OFFICIAL: Host cities announced

OFFICIAL: 2013 Afcon host cities announced

Posted: 4 May 2012 Time: 09:58 am

Cabinet has confirmed the cities for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations – Cape Town is not a host city, while Jo'burg gets just two matches.

In a media briefing this morning Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula announced Nelspruit (Mbombela Stadium), Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium), Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium) and Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium) as host cities.

Soccer City in Johannesburg will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies and matches. Cape Town will not host any matches at all, a pity considering the amount of support shown to Bafana Bafana in recent years.

A joint task team consisting of Sport and Recreation South Africa, the Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs and the National Treasury will meet to discuss how to relieve the financial burden on the cities.

Regarding concerns about the cost of hosting the tournament, Mbalula says Cabinet has come to an agreement with Safa that a portion of the gate takings will be shared with CAF, the host cities and government. Follow me on Twitter @ProjectJennifer

Previous comments on this story...

Murenzu Wa Lekhosi
posted: 10:27 am
i wonder why Opening and final should be played at Soccer City, when no other games will be played in Joburg?? couldnt Moses Mabhida host those games????
Anonymous
posted: 10:29 am
Soccer City in Johannesburg will used for the opening and closing ceremonies.
Jennifer ma babe, please double check the spelling mistakes and grama before posting in a public platform.


"Socca city will used??''''NO! incompentent editing.

Anonymous
posted: 10:31 am
I wonder why did we missed up on hosting the tournament as capetonians? As for me I'll never ever watch Bafana Bafana whenever they come to play in cape town ever again. I hope they get the boot in the group stages. Sies man!!!
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 10:37 am
"Cape Town will not host any matches at all, a pity considering the amount of support shown to Bafana Bafana in recent years."

WTF? Jenny from the block, what the heck are smoking on? That cape town tik and buttons? We in Cape Town don't even have bafana come play here nor do we attend their games when they come here once every two years. GTFOH!!!!!

Personally I'm glad my city's not hosting these useless games.
Nebo
posted: 10:56 am

City of Tshwane, City of jozi, City of Capetown and Ekurhuleni all de biggest Municipality in south africa are not interested of hosting dat Shit, you can also see dat dey push Jozi bcos of soccer city as for Royal bafokeng just waste of money.
bhereza
posted: 10:59 am
Nelspruit home of beloved soccer, here we go again. Nelspruit was named number one City to host the 2013 Afcon. Shame Jozi now is time for you to do all the travelling, as we always do travelling to Jozi for watching, anyway it is fair for all of us. A big thank you to the committee, well done.
Dooba (Glory Reclaimed)
posted: 11:11 am
I quote from Jennifer Malec's comic novel for blind children.

"Cape Town and Johannesburg will not host the tournament." says Jennifer Malec.

And she goes on to say: "Soccer City in Johannesburg will (be?) used for the opening and closing ceremonies and matches"

I ask Jennifer to read her novel to these poor children and see if there is no contradiction of meaning- the least I say about the novel's grammar the better for the children's health, considering they still have to deal with the fact that they cannot see.

Conclusion: Jennifer, you are confusing. Am not sure if Jozi is out or in! I don't care for CT, they are hosting the EUFA, the EPL, La Liga, Serie A and all games that are not played in Africa- including the EURO '12 which will be co-hosted with the city of Lagos in the Delta State of Nigeria!
SisterP
posted: 11:12 am
How funny that most struggling Provinces with service delivery are the first in line to host stupid tournament. Cities that are concerned about its people are not hosting this rubbish. Vote DA next time.
PrinceTEE
posted: 11:29 am
"Cape Town will not host any matches at all, a pity considering the amount of support shown to Bafana Bafana in recent years.", what support when we Capetonians never get national games. last time we had a match was when Zambia destroyed us by 3 goals.
Gold & Black lamborghini
posted: 11:31 am
Polokwane (Peter Mokaba) can do much better than Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium)...
mkansimeshack@gmail.com
posted: 11:31 am
Limpompo forgeten, as always, shame on us Limpompo people. no Peter Mokaba games
BobbyMotaung
posted: 11:34 am
I just hope and wish that government won't touch tax payer's money for this tournament. SAFA has money from FIFA they must use it to host this AFCON. Government must use the available money to deliver services to the people of South Africa, people will not eat soccer and will not find shelter from the stadiums. I applaud City of Cape Town for not agreeing to be part of this careless and fruitless expenditure. We need leaders who know their priorities, in this country there are service delivery strikes everyday and Gauteng is facing an E-Toll problem right now.
Ranky
posted: 11:35 am
Why did they include Royal Bafokeng? is it because of the good surface of the pitch. the venue was last filled to capacity when England played the U.S... it has bad memories for some of us who hold England close to our hearts, what was Robert Green thinking anyway?
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 am
@Tankiso u r wrong man the last tym we had a match at cpt was against usa wen we lost 1-0.n stadium was parked to capacity(it was november 2010)
Anonymous
posted: 11:41 am
To Nono,Kholo & all the others who will feel Phokeng doesn't deserve this they must check facts properly.

Phokeng is a self sustaining community which was gonna be impossible for government & safa to exclude them as RBA can absorb the costs without outside assistant hence they were one of the 1st to sign hosting agreements.

With regard to Limpopo the mismanagement have done a damage & it will always be difficult to overlook.

Lastly I want to challenge Jennifer with her believe that CT has got support for Bafana.
Jennifer my dear Afcon is not only about Bafana but also African countries.The majority of games that went down to CT was western countries which are generally supported by CT.
Anonymous
posted: 11:42 am
Royal Bafokeng? really now? This buffons ever follow local football? Watch them donate 20 000 tickets at that stadium
Khosi-faithful
posted: 11:46 am
Helen Zille and her "Exclusive" governance - robbing Soccer lovers of an African Showcase, hate it when political battles spill over to Sport! If this were a rugby tournament we would never hear the end of it! Someone gimme a "that ain't right!"
Anonymous
posted: 12:05 pm
Thank u Mpumalanga LOC. Mbombela here we come
waraz
posted: 12:08 pm
Murenzu you right bro how come soccer city will be allowed to host matches/opening ceremony though they ddnt afford to pay that 20millioin that was needed to host the matches, MOSES MABHIDA is good enough to host opening and closing .....corruption will never end in SA
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 12:13 pm
Good thing we (Cape Townians) wont have games...besides, who wants to watch Sierra Leone against Sudan or something???? and we all know that even if CT was hosting, Bafana games wouldnt even be played apha...
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