Rabat– Issa Hayato, the President of the African Football Confederation (CAF) asked South Africa to consider hosting the African Cup of Nations (CAN).
This move comes few days after Moroccan asked the CAF to postpone the 2015 edition of the prestigious continental tournament, initially scheduled to be held in Morocco from January 17 to February 8.
In a communiqué released last Friday by the Moroccan Ministry of Youth and Sport, the request was made after the Moroccan Ministry of Health stressed the need to avoid sports events that include the participation of people coming from countries affected by Ebola.
According to South African media, Hayato will meet the President of South Africa’s football federation next week to officially propose that his country host the 30 edition of the CAN.
If South Africa accepts Hayato’s proposition, it will be the third time it hosts the tournament after 1996, when it won the cup for the first in its history, and it 2013.
In such a case, African football fans will witness a remake of the 1996 and 2013 scenarios. In 1996, South Africa was asked to organize the tournament after Mali said it was unable to host it.
And in 2013, it was also asked to replace Libya at last minute after the North African country renounced hosting the tournament due to the political instability it was facing following the toppling of former President Muammar Ghadafi