Club World Cup could be coming to SA in 2015

Safa have expressed their interest in hosting the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Fifa Club World Cup, and a source close to the national soccer body told Goal of Safa's intentions
South Africa were among the countries bidding for the 2013 and 2014 tournaments, along with Iran, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

In October 2011, Fifa said that Iran, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates all withdrew their bids, leaving Morocco as the only bidder for the 2013 edition, which includes the 2014 event as well.

But according to a well-placed source, the SA Football Association (Safa) are looking to renew their interest in the 2015 edition.

"The bid could be submitted before the middle of next year because Safa want to show their intent very early," the source, who wishes to remain nameless, told Goal.

"The sooner the better. Hopefully this time the bid will stick and we will get it (the tournament)."

The competition was first contested as the Fifa Club World Championship in 2000. It was not held between 2001 and 2004, but since 2005, the event has been held every year, hosted so far by Brazil, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

Having already hosted a host of international events, which include the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the 1996 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the 2009 Confederations Cup as well as major international friendlies against Spain and others, Safa are keen to add the Club World Cup to an already impressive resume.

The nine Fifa Club World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different club teams; Spanish side Barcelona and Brazilian club Corinthians have won a record two titles each.

"Safa have always been interested in hosting the event and with Dr Jordaan having recently taken over, they want to do it, and soon," the source added.

"Morocco was a huge success and Dr Jordaan wants to make the competition his own."

The reigning world club champions are Bayern Munich after defeating Moroccan side Raja Casablanca 2–0 at the 2013 final.