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South Africa to host 2013 Nations Cup

Published on: 28 September 2011

By Ameenu Shardow

South Africa have been awarded the hosting rights of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013, understands.

The 2010 World Cup hosts thus replaces Libya who will now host the 2017 edition of the finals, the Caf Executive Committee decided on Tuesday.

“CAF have confirmed South Africa as hosts of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations while Libya will host the 2017 tournament,” a CAF executive committee member told

Africa’s football governing body agreed to swap the rights to host the event because of the political upheaval in Libya.

Libya's hosting of the 2013 tournament had been in doubt for some time because of the continuing violence there.

Having successfully hosted the continent's first World Cup last year, South Africa was already earmarked to host the Nations Cup in 2017.

South Africa had earlier this year also taken over the hosting of the African Under-20 tournament from Libya.

Other options like Algeria and Nigeria were said to have been considered but Caf opted for SA in the hopes of staging the tournament while the new and updated stadiums used for last year's World Cup are still in good condition.

Meanwhile, South Africa will host the 2014 edition of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) instead of Libya, Caf confirmed.

The Caf Executive committee also granted the 2014 Africa Women’s Championship to Nambia while Niger will stage the 2015 Africa U17 Championship.

Madagascar will host the 2017 Africa U17 Championship while Senegal have been confirmed as hosts of the 2015 Africa U20 Championship.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Adamu Muftawu says:
    September 28, 2011 07:52 am
    This is a quick judgement by the Confederation of Africa Football.I hope it has no monetary gains attached although there is an upheaval in Libya just like the corruption scandal surrounding the awarding of Qatar the 2022 World Cup.I wish all the hosting nations speedy preparation and a successful hosting.
  • Kwame NaaGbewa says:
    September 29, 2011 03:23 pm
    AHH thanks brother. i fully get it now. If all Africans were as sensible and understanding as you, Africa would have developed!
  • Kwame NaaGbewa says:
    September 28, 2011 09:17 am
    why is it 2013 Africa cup of nations? are we not having the Africa cup of nations early next year, 2012? or is it being played once every year now?
  • jangoo says:
    September 28, 2011 10:21 am
    kwame so u don;t know whats goung on and u ask such questions.pls be current
  • Kwame NaaGbewa says:
    September 28, 2011 12:08 pm
    From what I gather, it seems the African cup of nations has now become an annual event? @ jangoo i would have appreciated it if you had gone ahead and explained that to me than show disgust at my ignorance. It's been over years I haven't visited the motherland and so offcourse I'm not gonna be so informed on certain issues!
  • apple says:
    September 28, 2011 04:27 pm
    @kwame naa gbewa thats a lame xcuse the fact that u hvnt been here for long doesnt mean u dnt hv to read news from other sources. learn learn my bro.
  • dipole, col-oh says:
    September 28, 2011 05:21 pm
    Kwame please dont respond to these people, anyways there would be nations cup 2012, & another 2013, then from there it would be played on the ODD YEARS; 2013, 2015, 2017........... Caf now wants it so, to enable national teams get most or all of their foreign stars & to avoid the tournament clashing in future FIFA tournaments!!!