South Africa is not considering offering itself as an alternative host for the African Nations Championship (CHAN) after Kenya was stripped of the rights‚ South African Football Association (SAFA) president, Danny Jordaan told Aoifootball.com.
The tournament’s date and hosts are now in limbo after the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided that Kenya was not capable of hosting the 16-team event.
The decision was made by the CAF Executive Committee‚ which includes Jordaan‚ in Ghana after an inspection team visited Nairobi.
CAF said there had been too many delays in putting together the 16-team tournament and opened bidding for a new host. Bids must be in by Sunday October 1, but will not include SA‚ which hosted the 2014 edition and, because of its ready infrastructure, is a country often turned to in moments of crisis and has served as emergency hosts for CAF events.
“The problem for us is the release of players‚” said Jordaan‚ referring to the unwillingness of the Premier League to release players for national duty outside of dates on the coordinated FIFA international calendar.
He continued: “It would be a fight to get a decent team and would offer few positive outcomes.”
Morocco is likely to step in as it continues with promotional efforts to boost the country’s ties with other African states through football. It is also bidding to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
CAF also needs a host for the 2020 African Women’s Championship after receiving no bids. SA hosted the event in 2000‚ 2004 and 2010, but Jordaan said SA would be keen on the 2024 African U-23 Championship‚ which serves as the qualifiers for the Paris Olympics.
Egypt has taken over from Zambia as hosts of the next U-23 Championship in 2020.