The South African Football Association (Safa) was approached by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to step in as emergency host of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2019, Safa boss Danny Jordan has revealed.
The development comes three days after CAF stripped Cameroon of the hosting rights for the 2019 cup.
The Custodians of African football cited the state of renovations at major stadiums as well as security for the major event as to why the West Africa nation lost its hosting rights.
SAFA president Danny Jordan said, ‘‘The Caf executive said the country to host the 2019 tournament must offer a plug-and-play option because of the shortness of time. If you look around here they can just bring their computers‚ plug them in and start playing in South Africa.”
And South African Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa said that government would consider to take the offer if CAF comes calling.
“We are indeed interested in taking over the hosting of the Afcon next year. We have all the infrastructure and stadiums to host this kind of event like we did in 2010 with the Fifa World Cup,” he said.
The 2019 African Nations Cup will be held from June 15 to July 13 and it will be the first time that 24 teams contest the title after the amount of participating countries was increased from 16 sides.