Former Super Eagles’ goal poacher, Julius Aghahowa has revealed he has a soft spot for South Africa and will like to see the rainbow nation host the first ever 24-team Africa Cup of Nations, whilst also praising the CAF for shifting the competition from the usual January to the summer, reports.

CAF is set to name a new host on Wednesday after its Executive meeting in Dakar, and the AFCON silver medalist believes any of the two nations will give the continent a good spectacle.


“To me, it doesn’t really make any difference who will be the host because both South Africa and Egypt are among the countries in Africa with the best facilities but I would prefer South Africa.


“It’s also nice to see the AFCON in June/July because it will correspond well with the FIFA calendar where all the leagues will be on break. Unlike when clubs and countries always had issues concerning players’ release for the tournament.


“I believe this new development will give the continent a chance to see the best of the best in action,” Aghahowa concluded.


Having hosted and won the AFCON in 1996, South Africa will be hoping to host a third time after last staging it in 2013, whilst seven-time champions Egypt want to host the biannual tournament for the fifth time after last hosting in 2006.