Danny Jordaan: Safa has not discussed hosting Afcon

2014-10-17 15:10

The South African Football Association bosses are noncommittal about stepping in as next year’s Africa Cup of Nations host.

Speaking at a media briefing today, Safa president Danny Jordaan said the association had not discussed the matter. Jordaan said they would wait for the outcome of the Confederation of African Football’s meeting with Morocco earlier next month.

“At the moment there is no decision that has been taken. Until we receive word from Caf there is nothing we can do. This is a Caf event and they have a final decision as to who hosts the tournament, not us and not Morocco,” said Jordaan.

Morocco has requested that the tournament be postponed citing concerns over the Ebola outbreak. The country will still host the Fifa World Club tournament in December.

Jordaan said they did not want to jump the gun.

“When it comes to the Ebola concerns, we will seek the South African government’s advice and the reports from the World Health Organisation.

“Right now we are not at that stage. Let’s wait on what Caf decides after their meeting with Morocco and we will take matters from there.”

He said South Africa was not the only country that Caf was eyeing to host the event – there were seven altogether.

“Let me stress that South Africa is not the only country Caf has requested to host the Afcon should Morocco withdraw, there are many other countries which Caf has approached, so the South Africans must not conclude the event is coming here.”

Earlier, the sports ministry had issued a statement that they had “noted media reports relating to South Africa possibly hosting African Nations Cup in place of Morocco in January 2015”.

The statement went on to say: “We must put it categorically clear that Safa has not approached the minister with regard to this possibility. Nevertheless as the minister also reiterated during interviews throughout this week, there are just too many factors to consider for South Africa if we are to host a tournament of this magnitude. Our major concern of course remains the cost implications of such a tournament when South Africa is currently grappling with its own fiscal challenges.”

Meanwhile, the CAJ News Agency’s Ghana bureau quoted an Accra businessperson Mahama Owuso as having said it would be “fraud” to give the 2015 event to South Africa.

“This will be fraud of the worst levels! Africa has 54 countries, and they should be afforded the opportunity to host Afcon if ever Morocco withdraws its availability,” said Owuso.

The report went on to say that Ghana’s minister of youth and sports, Mahama Ayariga had said Ghana would take over if Morocco pulled out.

The report also stated that: “Ayariga confirmed that CAF had since written to Ghana requesting that it gets ready in the event that Morocco withdrew from hosting the 2015 Afcon tournament.”

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