The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Ahmad Ahmad has said South Africa could step in as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
This comes as Caf considers a number of alternatives to replace Cameroon who were stripped of hosting the event slated for June next year.
A final decision on who will host next summer’s football showpiece will be announced on January 9, Ahmad said.
“According to my information, two or three letters of intent have arrived,” the CAF president told AFP in an interview Monday.
“South Africa is one of the countries to have sent a letter of intention. Two or three countries have made serious inquiries.”
The decision to ditch Cameroon for 2019 has created a confusing merry-go-round, and Ahmad said the hosts will be chosen from a short-list whose submission deadline is December 14.
“Everything will be finalised by December 25 to create a short-list of candidates who have been evaluated and noted,” Ahmad said.
“The executive committee (of the CAF) will meet in Dakar on January 9, when we will make a decision.”
In 2014, then CAF president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon announced the hosts of three successive editions of the biennial tournament: Cameroon (2019), Ivory Coast (2021) and Guinea (2023).
Ahmad confirmed earlier reports claiming Cameroon would now host the tournament in 2021, saying Cameroon has “agreed” to be hosts in 2021.