South African Football Association president Dr Danny Jordaan has confirmed that Confederation of African Football, CAF urged South Africa to seriously consider hosting the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON 2019 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.
Jordaan told the SAFA AGM in Sandton on Sunday that the continental football governing body has asked South Africa to seriously consider taking over as AFCON 2019 hosts.
The SAFA president returned to South Africa on Sunday morning after attending CAF’s Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Accra‚ Ghana, where the decision to dump Cameroon was taken.
The report also revealed that SAFA would meet the South African government first before making a decision on whether to accede to the request.
South Africa last staged the Cup of Nations in 2013 which was won by Nigeria.
The 2019 event is scheduled for June 15 to July 13, a change from its traditional January-February slot and it will be the first to feature 24 teams — up from 16 at the 2017 edition in Gabon.