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Football - South Africa: Club World Cup set to come to Africa?

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has expressed an interest in hosting the FIFA Club World Cup

South Africa is considering hosting the FIFA Club World Cup and a final decision is expected to be made by the end of the week.

Having previously hosted the 2010 World Cup, the South African Football Association (SAFA) feels the country is more than capable to now host the Club World Cup, with stadiums readily available to host the clubs set to take part in the competition, including European champions Chelsea and Africa’s most successful club, Al Ahly.

Japan have pulled out of hosting the competition and FIFA are said to have approached South Africa to host the competition, which is set to be played from 9-19 December. Should South Africa host the competition, reigning league champions Mamelodi Sundowns would take part in the competition. The last time Sundowns took part in the tournament was in 2016 when they won the Champions League that year.

The Club World Cup features six continental club champions and the host nation's league champion. SAFA president Danny Jordaan is to meet Fifa president Gianni Infantino to discuss the possibility of South Africa hosting the December event.

"It has reached an advance stage in the sense that the Safa president is going to meet with Infantino, Samoura and Motsepe to present the sensibility of South Africa hosting this historic event," SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi was quoted as saying by BBC.

An announcement on the matter will be made in the coming days.

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