Six SA cities to bid for 2013 Nations Cup

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The six cities that hosted what turned out to be a successful 2011 Fifa World Cup in South Africa will be bidding for the right to host the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa were given the green light to host the tournament in 2013 after Libya pulled out because of security reasons.

This has triggered a bidding war between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Nelspruit, who were all hosts of the 2010 World Cup.

While 32 teams took part in the World Cup, only 16 teams will participate in the 2013 Afcon matches and this means fewer venues will be required for the games that will be played.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani — revealed that the bidding process would start early this year. “We will receive the bids from the cities that have expressed interest when the process starts early this year,” said Nematandani.

“We will then make our decision on the venues that we will use. The good thing is that we have world-class facilities that were good enough for the World Cup so we are confident that our venues are more than adequate,” he added.