The successful hosting of the African Youth Championship in Soweto has boosted South Africa's chances of being called upon to act as an emergency host for the 2013 African Nations Cup, according to Kickoff.com.
Russell Paul, the tournament director of the African Youth Championship had just two weeks to prepare the event at the Dobsonville Stadium and has been roundly praised for the job he did.
South Africa has grown into a 'super sub' when it comes to tournament hosting. They successfully organised the 1996 Nations Cup after just 11 months' notice following Kenya’s bizarre pulling out of the event hosting. Bafana Bafana went on to win the title on home soil. Again most recently the Youth Championship was moved to South Africa from Libya with positive results.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) officials said there was an increasing likelihood the 2010 World Cup host nation might be asked to step in again to replace Libya as they did for the Under-20 event.
Libya's hosting of the 2013 Nations Cup seems unlikely because of the civil war in the North African country which is battering the country's infrastructure. However the big decision will at least be made by January leaving just a year to prepare. If they delay it any longer, then South Africa's chances increase as the country is the only one that can offer ready-made facilities at late notice.
Meanwhile the CAF executive committee member Almamy Kabele Camara ruled out an immediate decision on the future of the 2013 Nations Cup in Libya, but said that his organisation would continue to monitor the situation.