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Caf asks South Africa to 'seriously consider' hosting 2019 Afcon tournament

6:01 PM GMT+8 02/12/2018
Danny Jordaan, Safa President
On Saturday, Safa told Goal that its current financial situation could be a stumbling block even if they wanted to host the 2019 Afcon tournament

South African Football Association president Dr Danny Jordaan has confirmed that Caf urged South Africa to seriously consider hosting the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. 

The tournament was initially scheduled to take place in Cameroon, but Caf decided to take those rights away from them following delays in construction of stadiums.

Caf then announced that African countries wishing to bid for the 2019 Afcon finals have until the end of December to submit their bids.  

According to reports, Morocco and South Africa are strong favourites to take over from Cameroon. 

While Safa communications head Dominic Chimhavi told Goal on Saturday afternoon that the possibility of bidding to host next year's Afcon had not been discussed by the association, Jordaan told Safa's annual general meeting (AGM) on Sunday that they have been requested to consider hosting the tournament. 

Jordaan joined the Safa AGM in Sandton on Sunday morning soon after returning from Ghana where Caf's Extraordinary Executive Committee took the decision to strip Cameroon of the hosting rights.

However, Safa said that they will first have to meet with the South African government to discuss the matter before making a decision.

Meanwhile, Safa vice-president and PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza strongly believes that the association should submit the bid to Caf, adding that this will ensure that South Africa remains a major role player both continentally and globally. 

South Africa last hosted the continental showpiece in 2013 after jumping at the opportunity to replace Libya.