Mbalula: No AFCON crisis

2012-04-13 16:30

Johannesburg - The local organising committee (LOC) and the government remained confident on Friday that their favoured eight cities would agree to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

No cities had officially withdrawn bids to host matches during the tournament, LOC chief executive Mvuzo Mbebe told reporters in Johannesburg.

"Most of the cities say they are waiting for the national government, but otherwise they are happy to sign [the hosting agreement]," Mbebe said.

Media reports suggested Cape Town and Johannesburg had considered withdrawing bids to host matches during the continental tournament, due to financial constraints.

Mbebe said Cape Town was among potential hosts not yet willing to sign the hosting agreement.

"They have raised concerns, but we are dealing with those issues with the City of Cape Town."

The government had not raised a red flag, according to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, despite the resistance from Cape Town, which offered the Cape Town Stadium, a 2010 World Cup venue.

"It is not a crisis if a certain city looks at its budget and does not agree with what the LOC has put before them," Mbalula said.

"It is just that some people are overzealous in making comments in the media."

Details of the hosting agreement, including the budget, would be revealed once they had been through government channels.

"We are making progress, but the matter must go through the Cabinet system," Mbalula said.

Mbebe said hosts cities would cater for as many as four teams each, offering potentially lucrative financial gain.

"There will be fans going to those cities and there will be an economic boost," he said.

No further comments would be made on the tournament preparations, Mbalula said, until the government had followed due process.


  • Hermann - 2012-04-13 17:13

    Who cares what the soccer outcome will be at the end of the all tax paying South africans, soccer fans or not, will foot the bill for a trash tournament.

      Moss Molokomme - 2012-04-14 07:37

      Some white people were so negative before World cup - now they wanna prophesy against AFCON. Shame on you!

      Vuyo - 2012-04-14 13:48

      @Molokomme-It's not about black or white , it's an entertainment , or is it that you don't care that people are not getting jobs . China has built factories and is exporting all over the world . Why can't we do the same , instead of being a country that likes entertainment .

  • Peter - 2012-04-13 17:23

    Why is it that when soccer tournaments are held its costs us millions, but when rugby or cricket tournaments are held it makes us millions? We are still paying dearly for the 2010 party and now we must add to the burden with this?

  • John - 2012-04-13 17:34

    Soccer = junk sport with junk administrators

  • wesleywt - 2012-04-13 17:45

    Unlike the World Cup. No one will be coming to Afcon. Its not a product anyone wants to see. Bring the European Cup here!

  • Cris - 2012-04-13 18:24

    Safa took up the tournament because Bafana were not going to qualify so everyone was caught by surprise.

  • Ally - 2012-04-13 18:30

    The man says it is "not a crisis if a certain city looks at its budget and does not agree with what the LOC has put before them". Accept the fact Cape Town has looked and the majority of Cape Town ratepayers do not want this farce of a tournament. We have better ways to spend our money --- without wasting it on a bunch of leeches. What a pity the stadium wasn't demolished in August 2010 -- that would have put paid to a lot of wastage in time and rhetoric.

  • Eugene - 2012-04-13 21:27

    I do not understand all the thumbs down on comments with no actual comments being made by the thumb downers. Looks like the government has hired people in online / social media to discredit and dislike any comments that are not in line with their views.

  • Vuyo - 2012-04-14 13:46

    I don't understand all these parties . Soccer is entertainment , but people are hungry and starving right now as there are no jobs . Why not first concentrate on income production . The money government is intending spending is from taxpayers , are we going to be taxed more , whilst no jobs are coming . Stop this foolishness please .

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