Sun Oct 26 06:24:18 SAST 2014

Underhand tactics marr Afcon host city selection

Apr 1, 2012 | KGOMOTSO MOKOENA |

THE selection process of host cities for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament has been marred by allegations of underhand tactics.

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 It was tense and all the cities except for Cape Town were eager to host. Some were desperate but to say envelopes were pushed is off the mark 

THE selection process of host cities for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament has been marred by allegations of underhand tactics.

Some of the cities who were eager to become host cities this week complained about unfair play in the whole procedure.

Even though Safa would not name the cities, Sunday World has reliably learnt that five venues, Mbombela, Rustenburg, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg will host the tournament.

The cities made presentations to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) this week and some even complained about the huge demands made by Safa.

A Safa official said, who opted to remain anonymous, that the budget for the tournament was R100m and the cities will have to cover that budget. With five venues selected, it means that each city will have to pay R20m.

The insider dismissed allegations of envelopes being pushed.

"It was tense and all the cities except for Cape Town were eager to host. Some were desperate but to say envelopes were pushed is off the mark.

Everybody wanted the piece of the cake. It will boost the economy of those particular cities."

After listening to all the presentations, Safa yesterday finalised the shortlisted cities and the names will be submitted to the government for consideration and confirmation.

A Safa statement said that they were hoping to announce the successful candidates by April 20. Newly-appointed LOC CEO Mvuzo Mbebe was not available to comment after yesterday's meeting.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani said the executive committee is directing Mbebe to raise the bar and make Afcon 2013 a unique family experience and a welcoming environment for our African brothers and sisters.

The LOC will meet with senior Caf officials who will be in South Africa to discuss matters related to Afcon 2013 between April 1-5.

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