South Africa will have the opportunity to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Libya was supposed to host the event but it has been moved to South Africa as a result of the political unrest taking place in the country. After the briefing at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) held on Tuesday in Cairo, a top South African Association member (Safa) confirm that South African has been given the privilege to be a replacement for Libya in the 2013 event.
The agreement was that Libya will then replace South Africa in the oncoming event tournament which will be organized in 2017. Despite the initial doubts and discussion about the hosting of the 2014 African Nations Championship, it has now been officially agreed by all parties that South African will be hosting it in place of Libya.
In 1996 South Africa hosted the continental tournament and they won the trophy. Hosting the tournament in 2013 will make it their second time. Nigeria has been positioned as a set aside country to host an event if Libya, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon are unable to meet their requirement for hosting the event.
South Africa’s tournaments
2010: World Cup
2011: African U20 championship
2013: Nations Cup
2014: African Nations Championship