With the uncertainty of where the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations will be staged, South African Football Association (SAFA) have shown keen interest and are ready to bid according to www.iol.co.za
SAFA’s acting chief executive Russell Paul confirmed the development to the South African publication on Wednesday night
“Yes, we have inquired to CAF about the list of requirements and terms of reference regarding a bidding process to stage the AFCON. We are waiting for them to come back to us,” Russell told the website before adding.
“We are also waiting for the final approval from government. We haven’t set them any time-frame, but government understands the urgency of this matter.”
According to Russell, South African minister in charge of Sport and Recreation Tokozile Xasa revealed on national federation how they would embrace the opportunity to host the continent’s biggest football showpiece.
“I don’t think we will have a problem to stage the tournament in six months’ time. We have all the facilities required to host the tournament of this magnitude.”
“We have the hotels, stadiums and hospitals because of the legacy of the World Cup (in 2010). All we need to do is to put together a strong team that will make sure that everything is in place, if we do get the rights to host the tournament,” Russell added.
CAF promised to reveal the host of the 32nd edition of the Total Africa Cup of nations before December 31st, 2018 after declaring Cameroon unfit to host the 24 team tournament.
Since then South Africa and Morocco have been strong candidates especially after Egypt confirmed their disinterest in staging the competition