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CAF awards 2013 AFCON rights to SA!

[Posted 28 Sep 2011]
[By Beezsports Editor]
CAF awards 2013 AFCON rights to SA!

After many months of speculation after South Africa and Libya secretly agreed to swap their rights to host the 2013 and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations finals, the Confederation of African Football has now ratified the two countries' agreement.

CAF reached the decision on Tuesday following a CAF executive meeting at its Cairo, Egypt heae-quarters.

The decision means, Libya, will now host the 2015 AFCON, provided the political situation in the North Africa country would have nomalised by then.

In addition to bagging the 2013 hosting rights, SA will also host the 2014 Championship of Nations finals, open only to players plying their trade in the domestic leagues of their African nations.

CAF's first CHAN finals were hosted in Ivory Coast, with Sudan playing host to the 2nd tournament two years later.

Now, CHAN and AFCON have swapped years, with the former now taking place during the even years, while the latter is staged during odd years, to avoid Afcon clashing with the World Cup finals.

Namibia were awarded the rights to host the CAF Women's Championship in 2014, while Niger will take care of the Under 17 Championships in 2015, with Madagascar hosting the same event two years later. Senegal won the rights to stage the Under 20 championships.

While Nigeria had thrown its name in the hat for replacing Libya as 2013 hosts, it always made sense to award SA for two reasons.

Firstly, there is no comparison between the state of facilities or readiness between SA and the West African nation. SA is fresh from hosting a global spectacle, the World Cup which is considered one of the best staged finals in the history of FIFA World Cup finals.

Secondly, a direct swap was more appealing to CAF because it did not unfairly prejudice Libya, something which Nigeria could not assist with in the equation. Good decision by CAF on that one.

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