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Safa set the record straight regarding U-17 Fifa World Cup

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Fifa announced India as the official host for the 2017 U-17 World Cup, and Mumble tells Goal that Safa never submitted any formal bid for the tournament despite foreign reports

By Ernest Makhaya

South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble has told Goal that the association didn’t bid for the U-17 Fifa World Cup that was awarded to India last week.

Mumble revealed that he was shocked to read reports that South Africa failed although no formal bid was submitted to Fifa.

“I don’t really understand the negativity behind this under U17 Fifa World Cup, because we never made a serious bid for it,” Mumble told Goal. “I was surprised to read (in the media) that we have failed, but how do you fail at something that you never made a bid for?” he asked.

The Safa boss said that SA had five World Cups presented to them by Fifa, and despite not making any formal bid for the five of them, they were “awarded” to host the 2016 U20 Women’s Fifa World Cup.

“Fifa normally send the bidding documents to national associations. The document that we received had five major World Cups – U-17 boys and girls, U20 boys and girls. I think the fifth one was Futsal – and we only made what we call an expression of interest to five of them.

“And by so doing, we meant that we would like to host at least one, but we still needed to consult Sascoc before we could make a serious bid. Even for the U20 Women’s World Cup, we didn’t bid for it, we were awarded to host it in 2016,” continued Mumble.

He added: “So, the negativity around us failing to bring the U-17 Fifa World Cup really puzzles me and the association.”

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