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SA are not Bidding for 2019 AFCON, but…- Sports Minister

By Michael Duah
SA Government to Meet the FA: “SA is Not Bidding for 2019 AFCON, but…”
SA Government to Meet the FA: “SA is Not Bidding for 2019 AFCON, but…”

The South African Football Association’s top officials are planning to meet Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa before Sunday to finalise 2019 AFCON hosting talks.

According to Business Day Live, “South African has until Friday to confirm their intention to host the tournament but still needs government backing to go ahead with the process.”

Minister Xasa has said that the government is interested in the prospect but need a sit-down with SAFA.

"We have asked for a meeting to appraise her of the whole process‚" SAFA interim CEO Russell Paul said.

With CAF stressing that virtually all related costs for hosting the Nations Cup should be covered by the host nation, Xasa expressed an unclear idea of the expected financial responsibilities.

"I was very clear to them [SAFA] that if they [CAF] want us to host‚ it must be an offer,” Xasa began.

"It must not be like we are bidding, because with bidding there are costs. It must be very clear that SA is not offering to bid for this tournament.”

"We do have the stadium infrastructure‚ which will cut costs hosting the tournament‚ and hotels that are ready."

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Business Day further stated that “CAF wants documentation filled in by Thursday midnight and will decide in their executive committee meeting on December 26 in Cairo.”

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