SAFA explains Afcon 2015 issue

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Addressing a press conference at SAFA House earlier today, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said Morocco were still the official hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

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However, due to the Ebola virus, which is ravaging the African continent, Morocco has requested that CAF postpone the tournament from January/February to a later date.

“The issue being raised whether South Africa is the Plan B is neither here nor there because Morocco are the official hosts of AFCON 2015. That talk of us being Plan B is unfair,” said Jordaan, adding that CAF had asked South Africa together with six other African countries whether they would come in should Morocco pull out.

“CAF will be meeting with Morocco next month [3 November] to find the way forward. And with regards to the Ebola virus, we must all take care of this pandemic and put strict measures in place. That is what every country must do, it is a deadly disease which must be fought collectively,” added Jordaan.

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At the same press conference, Jordaan revealed that the Under-20 national team has been invited to Russia to take part in a tournament that will run from 15-26 January next year.

“SAFA has accepted the invite as it will give our boys, Amajita, some worthwhile exercise ahead of the CAF African Youth Championships scheduled for Senegal next year,” he said.

Jordaan added that SAFA has written a letter to FIFA chief investigator Michael Garcia regarding the match-fixing matter.

“We have asked him to keep us up to speed with the progress of the investigation as we think the matter has dragged on for long. We want the matter concluded as soon as possible,” added Jordaan.

He said a delegation will be put in place soon to travel and meet with Garcia to discuss the issue.