Cape Town - African Cup of Nations (Afcon) Local Organising Committee (LOC) CEO Mvuzo Mbebe has been diagnosed with
colon cancer, and has undergone surgery to have it removed.
"Through surgery, doctors have managed to remove the part of the colon
containing the cancer as well as the area close to the cancer, and the surgery
was declared successful," Mbebe said in a statement on Tuesday.
"So far the doctors have not detected any cancerous cells outside of
the ones that have been identified and removed."
Mbebe said he would resume work in the next week.
"I will be coming to work in the next week or so, and will begin
chemotherapy... [over] the next six months."
The LOC was responsible for organising the 2013 edition of CAF's showpiece tournament for national teams, which held in South Africa in January and February.
According to the statement
Mbebe had been booked off ill since the end of the Afcon. After a series of
tests conducted by his specialist and his general practitioner he was diagnosed
with colon cancer.