SAFA to Bid for CAF and Club Finals

20 Feb 2020

The SA Football Association has expressed interest in acquiring the rights to host the two CAF interclub cup finals after the bidding process opened last week.

For the first time in history, the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup will both be decided by one-off matches hosted by one nation, after the two-leg system of home and away finals was discontinued.

SAFA Acting CEO Gay Mokoena has revealed that the association is interested in hosting a double final.

"We have passed on correspondence to some of our municipalities to have a look and see if they would be interested," Mokoena told the Sowetan newspaper. "If one of them is interested then we will put together a bid."

It remains to be seen if SA will have enough time to put their bids together after CAF sent out a communique about the hosting process on Tuesday last week, with Thursday this week the deadline.

The Confederation Cup final will take place on 24 May, while the Champions League final will be played on 29 May, giving the host country limited time to prepare.

"National associations are kindly requested to present their bidding files containing the stadium and training facilities, and accommodation plans, in addition to the official government guarantee on the 20th of February 2020 the latest," said the CAF invitation.

Asked whether there was enough time to compile a bid, Mokoena said: "It will depend on whether we get a response from the municipalities."

The government guarantee CAF requires is not necessarily financial, he explained.

"The guarantee has to do with ensuring that visas can be processed speedily for all the fans and officials who will be travelling into the country. It also has to do with providing enough security for the two games."

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