SA to host FIFA Club World Cup?


South Africa has declared interest in becoming the host nation for the FIFA Club World Cup later this year.

South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has confirmed interest in hosting the 2021 FIFA Club World Cup in December after Japan withdrew as hosts due to Covid-19 concerns.

"We’ll know our position by the end of the week," Jordaan told the Associated Press ahead of a meeting with FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura this week.

The 70-year-old will also reportedly meet with relevant officials in order to obtain government approval and formulate an appropriate bid to host the tournament.

South Africa famously staged the 2010 FIFA World Cup and boast the facilities required to stage a tournament of this magnitude, but will face competition from Saudi Arabia who have also declared their interest.

Should Jordaan succeed in bringing the Club World Cup to Mzansi, reigning DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns would automatically secure a spot in the first round against New Zealand's Auckland City.

UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea and CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly have also already secured their ticket, while the respective champions from the CONMEBOL, AFC and CONCACAF associations will be determined later this year.

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