SAFA ponders AFCON venues

2012-03-26 15:48

Johannesburg - The host cities and stadiums for next year's African Cup of Nations will be announced on April 4.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) says the match venues will be made public during a visit by Confederation of African Football officials.

Representatives from eight bidding venues were presenting their cases to SAFA on Monday.

South Africa could use seven stadiums for the 16-team event in January and February next year, the most ever at a Cup of Nations. Organisers say those built for the 2010 World Cup will be preferred.

Soweto's 90,000-plus FNB Stadium, which hosted the World Cup final when it was known as Soccer City, will likely be the tournament's centre point.

South Africa took over the 2013 African Cup from troubled Libya. Libya will host in 2017.


  • Bantu - 2012-03-26 16:05

    Cape Town, Free State, Moses Mabhida, Nelson Mandela,FNB,Mbombela and Coca -Cola Park..that's it. Finish..

      zaakiro - 2012-03-26 17:33

      @christo.schoeman2 that's a little harsh, considering many enjoyed attending the World Cup games, whether it was the big matches or lovers and many others have missed the atmosphere an i bet will return... Doubt games will be a sell out unless it's one of the major countries participating, but with a large foreigner population residing in SA and with the locals im hoping it's a great success.. Sport always seems to allow us to forget our difference for the 80 or 90 minutes or even for the duration of the tournament and enjoy something other than argue about the poor service delivery, continuous corruption or even racial issues... Instead of been negative, attend few games and enjoy yourself....

      Leepy - 2012-03-26 17:55

      Who is going to watch low end games like Togo vs Mali. If u remember the 1996 Afcon, we had issues with attandance of the underdog games especially during the week. The tournament requires only 4 stadiums. FNB, ElisPark, Loftus and Orlando Stadium. Klaar

  • patrickjasoncawood - 2012-03-26 16:19

    Hopefully PE get a few

  • Terrence - 2012-03-26 17:58

    Peter Mokaba, Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town, Mbombela, Free State, Gwk Griquas and surely Soccer City. These are my seven stadiums for Afcon 2013

  • Nyathi - 2012-03-26 18:33

    FNB,Loftus,Mbombela,Nelson Mandela bay,Moses Mabida,Cape Town,Free State.....based on the rate of support during games on those stadiums

  • Len - 2012-03-26 21:16

    No to Ellis Park or Coca Cola Park. It is not the easiest stadium to get to being in a very built up area with no parking.

      Thandekile Pokolo - 2012-03-27 16:19

      plz dont forget abaut Cape town stadium

  • Len - 2012-03-26 21:22

    Moses Mabhida, Soccer City, Mbombela, Peter Mokaba, Free State Stadium, Nelson Mandela Bay, Cape Town. Alternative Venues: Loftus, Rustenburg

  • Cyrus - 2012-03-27 13:16

    If its only four stadiums then at least have them spread out the country and not restricted to Gauteng. South Africa is much bigger than JHB and Pretoria. I say Soccer City/FNB (JHB) , Moses Mabhida (Durbs), Cape Town Stadium, and the 4th one should be one of either Nelson Mandela Bay (PE), Free State Stadium, Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane) or Mbombela Stadium (Nelspruit). Why does everything have to be in Gauteng

      Daniƫl - 2012-03-27 14:55

      @ Cyrus. Since Gauteng has 11 million people out of the whole 50million South African population. It makes sense financially and getting the attendance numbers good.

      Stephans Mnisi - 2012-03-27 22:26

      Sure mbombela stadium & Peter Mokaba stadium they Musn't be left out.

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