South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has confirmed that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) wants South Africa to step in as hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations AFCON 2019, at short notice.
CAF stripped Cameroon of the AFCON 2019 hosting rights at the weekend due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, and the continental football governing body is now seemingly now eyeing South Africa as a replacement.
Jordaan told newsmen today that the continental football governing body has asked SA to seriously consider taking over as AFCON 2019 hosts. The Safa president returned to SA on Sunday morning after attending Caf’s Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Accra‚ Ghana, where the decision to dump Cameroon was taken.
South Africa last staged the Cup of Nations in 2013 which was won by Nigeria. The 2019 event is scheduled for the fifteenth of June to the thirteenth of July, and it will be the first to feature twenty-four teams — up from sixteen at the 2017 edition in Gabon.