CAF woos South Africa to host Nations Cup, dumps Cameroon

Following the Confederation of African Football (CAF) stripping Cameroon of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2019) hosting rights at the weekend due to delays in preparing for the continental showpiece, there are indications that South Africa may step in to organise the competition.
The South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, confirmed that the CAF wants South Africa to host AFCON 2019, at short notice.
According to a report on South Africa’s Times Live, Jordaan told the SAFA AGM in Sandton on Sunday that the continental football governing body has asked SA to seriously consider taking over as AFCON 2019 hosts.
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.
The report also revealed that SAFA will meet the South African government first before making a decision on whether to accede to the request.
The 2019 event is scheduled for June 15-July 13, a change from its traditional January-February slot and it will be the first to feature 24 teams — up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.
South Africa last staged the Cup of Nations in 2013 which was won by Nigeria.

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