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SA stalls on AFCON decision

2012-04-19 17:42

Johannesburg - South Africa has again delayed naming the host cities and stadiums for next year's African Cup of Nations.

The South African Football Association said on Thursday that the government has postponed the decision from Friday to May 3.

South Africa was initially due to say at the end of March which of its World Cup stadiums would be used for the African Cup. The process was slowed after cities complained they were being asked by organisers to pay high costs for hosting rights.

City officials in Cape Town and Johannesburg said they wouldn't be able to pay, ruling out the iconic Cape Town Stadium and Soweto's FNB Stadium, formerly known as Soccer City and the venue for the 2010 World Cup final.

The central government stepped in last week and said it would help bear the costs.

AP

Comments
  • dave.leverton - 2012-04-19 18:27

    Johannesburg must also be a racist city.

      sean.looney - 2012-04-19 18:40

      durban too!

      Gift - 2012-04-19 18:57

      How can it be since its dominated by african immigrants SA citizens are a minority in JHB

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-19 19:04

    Safa lekka screwed now.. Soccer is in a mess.. Poor SA team, poor administration, poor quality local soccer and then u want to brow beat cities to host lousy tournament! Back to the drawing board for you okes

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-04-19 20:01

    It will be sad if these two South African giant cities (Capetown and Johannesburg) wont host AFCON games. R24m is affordable for Capetown and Johannesburg. I suppose! They have world-class airports where flights will be landing directly unlike other host cities,they have great tourists destination. These two cities will benefit immensely with this show piece. This R24m that they say is exorbitant might even double in profit they will make.

  • Abshai Ndlovu - 2012-04-19 20:02

    It will be sad if these two South African giant cities (Capetown and Johannesburg) wont host AFCON games. R24m is affordable for Capetown and Johannesburg. I suppose! They have world-class airports where flights will be landing directly unlike other host cities,they have great tourists destination. These two cities will benefit immensely with this show piece. This R24m that they say is exorbitant might even double in profit they will make.

      Roland - 2012-04-20 05:32

      Abshai - what profit? who is going to watch these games? Even teh SA supporters do not go and watch Bafana Bafana, so who is going to pay to go and watch 2nd rate soccer?

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-20 11:16

    Just let them sniff a R100 million cheque, than a decision will be made within 5 minutes !!!

  • Nathi - 2012-04-20 11:26

    Didn't FIFA give us Billions as a legacy from 2010? CAF musn't be tshatsharig and think this is Mali where they can do a 'cout de tat'. If they not happy go speak to uncle Bob about hosting there.

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