Caf top official, Bolaji Ojo-Oba has assured all the participating countries in next year’s Africa Cup of Nations of a well organized and thrilling competition.
Ojo-Oba, a Caf match commissioner and security committee member, is upbeat of a successful hosting by South Africa and he is banking on the fact that the country hosted a much applauded World Cup two years ago.
“Caf is ready for South Africa and South Africa is ready for Caf so we are expecting a befitting and fulfilled tournament in all its ramifications,” Ojo-Oba told Goal.com.
“We are expecting a good tournament since South Africa organized the last 2010 World Cup and Fifa, the world football ruling body, gave high marks to the country for organizing a very good tournament.
“The facilities are there, they only need to put one or two touches there. So we should not entertain any fears. Countries should go and prepare well for the competition because Caf and South Africa are ready to host the competition.
“CAF has always organized good tournaments and the last edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea was a huge success as there was no hitch. So the one holding in South Africa should even rate better at the end of the competition.
“Everything is on ground in SA as I speak with you now. The host country presented five good stadia and there are four groups that would compete in the tournament. So I am confident and can tell you everything is on course,” Ojo-Oba disclosed.
He is of high hopes that the Super Eagles of Nigeria would wrestle others to win the Afcon trophy next year but pleaded for patience from soccer loving Nigerians until Stephen Keshi finishes the moulding of the team.
“The Super Eagles’ qualification alone is commendable because the team rates as one of the best 16 out of 53 in Africa to book a ticket for the finals of the competition. One does not cross the river until he has gotten to the bank, so we need to wait patiently for the Eagles preparations and wish them well when they being their campaign starting from January 19.
“For now the team is in the process of being built so we should just pray for the team’s success. I believe they are going to do well in the competition,” Ojo-Oba assured.