A few hours after South Africa were confirmed as hosts of the 2017 African Nations Cup tournament, it has been learned that the country that hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup has submitted an application to host the 2014 Fifa World Club Championship.
“Yes, I can confirm that we submitted an application to Jerome Valcke to host this tournament,” said Leslie Sedibe.
The Fifa World Club tournament is contested by the six Fifa Confederations club champions with the African Champions League winners representing the continent at this tournament that has been held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the past seven years.
The Uefa, Asian, Concacaf as well as Conmebol club championship winners as well are eligible to send their confederation league winners to this annual tournament that has been played during the month of December for the past seven years.
Fifa has indicated recently that anyone willing to host the tournament must submit a written application,” continued Sedibe.
This basically means that the 2012/13 Absa Premiership winners as well as another South African club will qualify to contest the tournament as hosts and both the federation and its professional wing will have to work nominate or work out a plan regarding the criteria to select the second team.
Sedibe said TP Mazembe, who lost in last year’s Fifa World Club championship should inspire all African clubs to work towards not only emulating them, but surpassing their achievement.
Danny Jordaan, part of the delegation that made representation for the right to host the 2015 African Nations Cup but accepted the Caf decision to award the country the 2017 edition instead, confirmed that South Africa has not only applied to host the World Club Championship, but the Fifa U-20 Youth World Cup tournament as well. — SuperSport