Fikile Mbalula saud that AFCON is not going to held in 2015, the South African Minister of Sports and Recreation, released a statement on his official Twitter account Friday morning regarding speculation that South Africa will host the January 2015 tournament.
The statement read: “We have noted media reports relating to South Africa possibly hosting African Nations Cup in place of Morocco in January 2015.
Media has been recorded that Morocco is alleged to have cancelled the hosting of the tournament on basis of Ebola fears because SAFA is not hosting the event and that South Africa could step in as a host.
SAFA has not contacted with the sports minister for this issue.
Minister of Sports and Recreation also reiterated during interviews throughout this week, there are just too many factors to consider for South Africa if we are too host a tournament of this magnitude.
Our major concern of course remains the cost implications of such a tournament when South Africa is currently grappling with its own fiscal challenges. AFCON the biggest tournament of Africa is not going on in 2015 A tournament of this nature, if planned outside of the given budget cycle, will require a complete budget, a process that is also an option
This is the biggest tournament for Morocco and many other countries in the world, may also pose a challenge on how we can grapple with the Ebola challenge engulfing the continent at the moment.
The President of SAFA, Danny Jordan, echoed the declaration that his country will not host the event.
“AFCON 2015 will not be held here. That issue does not exist and African cup of nation must discuss this matter with Morocco,” Jordaan said at a press conference at South Africa Football Association House.
Whereas the Government of Ghana is still considering whether to host the tournament in the event that Morocco pulls out.