South African Football Association (Safa) has revealed it will host the next African Nations Cup in place of politically-troubled Libya after the two football associations reached an agreement.
The two parties signed an agreement with regards to the hosting of the 2013 and the 2017 editions of the continent’s prime football tourney.
“In terms of the agreement, Libya will host the 2017 Afcon, which had been awarded to South Africa, while Safa will take over the hosting of the 2013 Afcon tournament as well as the 2014 African Nations Championships, which was supposed to be played in Libya.
“The agreement comes following the political upheaval in Libya, but is subject to ratification by the Confederation of African Football at its next Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, 28th September 2011 in Cairo, Egypt,” said Safa.
South Africa last hosted the tournament in 1996, which Bafana Bafana won. Libya is experiencing political problems after rebels dethroned long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi this week.