Safa 2015 bid fails but hope for 2014

2011-02-01 10:24

The South African Football Association (Safa) failed in their bid to host the 2015 African Cup of Nation and have now registered an interest in the Fifa Club World Cup in 2014.

South Africa was pipped by ­Morocco who got the nod from the 15-member Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive at Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo to host the event in 2015.

South Africa will host the 2017 edition.

Morocco will also host the ­African Under-17 Championships in 2013.

The two countries remained the only two candidates for the two editions after the Democratic Republic of Congo pulled out.

South Africa and Morocco made 30-minute presentations and the Caf executive deliberated for more than an hour before making the announcement.

Both Morocco and South Africa have previously hosted the event, in 1988 and 1996 respectively, whilst Gabon and Equatorial Guinea will jointly host the 2012 edition and Libya the 2013 event.

Rwanda will host the 2016 edition of the African Nations Championship (CHAN).

“We are not disappointed,” Safa vice-president Danny Jordaan told City Press, revealing that they also registered interest in hosting the Fifa Club World Cup in 2014.

This was confirmed by Safa’s interim CEO Leslie Sedibe.

“We received forms from Fifa this week and immediately declared our interest,” said Sedibe.

“This week we will start working on our bid document and getting government guarantees.”

Sedibe refused to reveal how long he was going to stay in his position after being brought back on an interim contract following the expiry of his initial agreement with the association.

He said the fact that Caf had not sent an inspection team to this country was proof that they had confidence in its ability to host major events.

“Our successful hosting of the World Cup is proof that we can host any major event,” said ­Sedibe.

“As a result we are on the touchline to come in any time should there be problems with the other hosts.”

Sedibe said given the instability being experienced by northern African countries Tunisia and Egypt, anything was possible.

“We don’t know what will happen in the future but we will be on standby to come in as substitutes if the need arises,” he said.

South Africa last hosted the African Cup of Nations finals in 1996, when they won the ­tournament.

Since then, the once beloved Bafana Bafana’s performance has been on a downward spiral, finishing second in Burkina Faso in 1998, third in Ghana/Nigeria 2000, losing in the quarterfinals in 2002 and bowing out in the first round in Tunisia in 2004.

The rot continued in Egypt in 2006 where they failed to win a single match or a point after losing all three of their opening ­matches.

The same trend continued in Ghana in 2008 and their disastrous performance in the qualifying rounds saw them miss out on the tournament hosted by Angola last year.

The national team faces five-time African champions Egypt in their next qualifier for the 2012 version.

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