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Will CAF Pay Multi-Million Afcon Costs?

The government could be spared from excessive costs of hosting next year’s Africa Cup of Nations, South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan has suggested.

He was responding to questions on whether it was financially viable to step in to take over from Cameroon given that South Africa has recently been in recession. SAFA chief executive Russel Paul has been quoted saying it would roughly cost R140-million to stage the Afcon. 

Cameroon were last Friday stripped of their rights to stage the continental tournament due to security threats and delays in renovations on infrastructure.  

“We have to discuss with CAF about operational costs,” Jordaan said.

“They get sponsorship revenue and they share it with the organising committee. So that is where we will have to discuss.”  

Prior to SAFA confirming on Wednesday that a formal bid to host the Afcon had been submitted to the Confederations of African Football, there were suggestions the SA government would balk at the costs having to come in as last-minute organisers.

But Jordaan’s comments may be reassuring, thus tipping SA as favourites to stage the competition for the third time after doing so in 1996 and 2013.  

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