SAFA and Libya agree on deal

2011-08-30 10:10

Johannesburg - The South African Football Association and the Football Federation of Libya have signed an agreement regarding the hosting of the 2013 and 2017 African Cup of Nations tournaments.

South Africa, awarded hosting rights to the 2017 AFCON, had last week reportedly struck a deal with 2013 tournament hosts Libya to swap their respective tournaments due to political and civil unrest in the North African country.

SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani then dismissed those rumours as "premature", but South African football's governing body have now revealed the proposed deal has been agreed.

The agreement follows the political turmoil in Libya, but is subject to ratification by the Confederation of African Football at its next Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, 28th September in Egypt.

The 2012 AFCON tournament will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.


  • DON VITO - 2011-08-30 10:13

    yes we got it

      Nicholas - 2011-08-30 10:23

      Oh good.

      GHT - 2011-08-30 11:02

      Does this mean we won't have to qualify for 2013?

      InternetMan - 2011-08-30 11:11

      Can't wait this is AWESOME news! What an opportunity for bafana bafana!

  • Tdopienaar - 2011-08-30 10:25


      BRONZE - 2011-08-30 10:33

      Good to see him back so soon.

  • theelderz - 2011-08-30 10:34

    thats gud news.But South is hostingseveral times in 20 yrs wen there re so mny africvan countries capable who have not hosted in 100 Botswana

      GHT - 2011-08-30 11:01

      True. But that is why Botswana should apply for the hosting rights. And it really doesn't matter how you look at it. It would be difficult for most African countries (and impossible for the rest) to beat SA in a hosting rights race. We just have the infrastructure.

      kaMazibuko - 2011-08-30 11:02

      Botswana have not presented a viable bid in 20yrs, samething with other countries that havent hosted in a long time

      Mswati - 2011-08-30 16:37

      They do not even have a decent stadium in Botswana so how capable are they?

  • Deep forest - 2011-08-30 11:17

    How many world class stadiums does Botswana have again?...... none

      umlaut - 2011-08-30 11:26

      Maybe the whites must move to Botswana for some more development (sorry I know bad joke but what the hell )

      sipholess - 2011-08-30 15:59

      @umlaut..........Botswana should be the least of your worries, check this out.... " The truth shall prevail" !!!

  • Lucky Strike - 2011-08-30 11:31

    Any idea of the dates of the tournament?

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