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AFCON teams heading to SA

2011-12-09 08:44

Johannesburg - The benefits of staging the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa are still being reaped in the country as several Africa Cup of Nations participants will be utilising the facilities over the next few weeks.

AFCON co-hosts Equatorial Guinea, along with Zambia, Ghana and Angola have already expressed interest in setting up their respective training camps in Mzansi as they prepare for the African showpiece.

Bafana Bafana may not be heading to the footballing spectacular after failing to qualify last month, but Pitso Mosimane's men will still be able to contribute to the cause and are already scheduled for friendly matches against Zambia and Ghana.

South Africa proves to be an ideal setting for the majority of countries preparing for next year's event, not only in terms of world class facilities, but also with regards to the climate, which is similar to those found in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

South African Football Association CEO Dr Robin Petersen said he was delighted with the interest shown in the facilities, and believes the positive effects of having hosted the World Cup last year will continued to prove fruitful for all of the country's inhabitants.

"We want the 2010 World Cup legacy to benefit several generations to come, especially South Africans and the football family on this African continent," said Dr Petersen.

"Setting up of bases here is a good sign that our World Cup facilities will never turn out into a white elephant."

 

Football411

Comments
  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-09 09:31

    What you mean to say is that with AFCON using the facilities the physical loss to taxpayer will be lower! The idea that AFCON using the a few of the facilities will pay the upkeep for the last two years is a plain and downright lie. TO state that there were any benefits for anyone other than government members and the directors and shareholders of major concerns is also an outright lie. In short the truth is that the 1%er's turned a very nice profit while the taxpayer gets to foot the bill for the rest of eternity.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2011-12-09 11:03

      always negative, you should be ashame. u even have more thumps down sies man

  • Hertzel - 2011-12-09 10:18

    ...why do the SAFA Officials not just focus on what they should be doing....getting their house in order and getting results on the park...nothing less and nothing more......if they cannot do That...get the hell out of there and find ex Footballers who can do it...................

      Tokollo - 2011-12-09 11:29

      U r ryt Hertzel. After the embarrassment qualification saga created by SAFA, it is surprising that no one got fired. In countries that take football serious the entire football administration body would have been reviewed.... We will continue being the laughing stock of international football as our back-office is run by Power Hungry individuals.

  • Tokollo - 2011-12-09 11:33

    ..Oh here comes another building plat-form for Pitso and another goal tally opportunity for Mphela.

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