Tuesday, March 05, 2013

SOUTH AFRICA PLANS TO TAKE OVER FROM COSTA RICA AS FIFA U-17 WOMEN WORLD CUP HOST

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South Africa could step in as a replacement to take over from Costa Rica as hosts of next year’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup.

South Africa football association president, Kirsten Nematandani revealed a bid could be sent to FIFA subject to the government approval as facilities are already on ground.

“I believe we could put it together easily and there is no reason why we cannot put in a bid, subject to approval from government and SASCOC. It would be great to have an event like this here, particularly with all the great facilities we have,” 

The SAFA president also said that the good thing about FIFA events was that operational costs were taken care of by world football’s governing body. 


World governing body, FIFA had announced last weekthat it will relocate the 2014 tournament due to “unforeseen circumstances” leading to heavy stadium construction delays in original host nation Costa Rica.

Various options are now being evaluated for a new host nation, with FIFA stating that a decision will be made as soon as possible, likely at its next executive committee meeting on March 20-21 in Zurich.

The Women’s Under-17 World Cup was inaugurated in 2008 with New Zealand hosting the first edition.


The event travelled to Trinidad and Tobago in 2010 and Azerbaijan last year, where France defeated North Korea in the final.
 
Costa Rica won hosting rights in March 2011 ahead of Ghana, Turkey and Uzbekistan and the 16-nation tournament is now likely to be scheduled in September 2014.

It would be recalled that South Africa, recently, successfully hosted the African cup of nations which was initially to be hosted by Libya.



However, due to the political instability and the eventual civil war which ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi from power, South Africa had to host the 2013 AFCON tourney which the super eagles of Nigeria won

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