Safa observer group off to Afcon

2012-01-19 16:06

The South African Football Association (Safa) Observer Group leaves for Equatorial Guinea and Gabon this coming Friday to observe the hosts’ operational models. The lessons learnt will help prepare the country for when it next hosts the 2013 Afcon tournament.

The 10-member delegation, comprising of top national executive committee (NEC) members, will be headed by Safa vice-president Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko.

“We are going there as observers to establish the necessary relationships with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Organising Committee, note the procedures that pertain to the Afcon and to finalise some of the list of requirements for 2013,” said Mazibuko.

“We hosted the best FIFA World Cup ever but in modern football you learn new trends almost every day. As hosts of the 2013 edition of the tournament, we want to do our homework so that we are not found wanting when we welcome the rest of the continent next year. Bear in mind, it is only a year to go now,” added Mazibuko.

Some of the aspects the delegation will be looking at are the opening ceremony, ticketing, accreditation, logistics, and the general management of the tournament.

“We will also meet the hosts’ Organising Committee and exchange notes,” said Mazibuko.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani is already in Equatorial Guinea and will later be joined by vice-president Danny Jordaan, also a member of the 2012 Afcon Organising Committee. The two are part of the CAF committee entrusted with running the 2012 edition of the tournament, which is being co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

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