The South African Football Association (SAFA)has announced that it will host the Caf Champions League final and the Caf Women’s Champions League tournament this year.
On Friday, Safa president Dr. Danny Jordaan told Safa’s official website that plans are in the works to bid for both the Caf Champions League final and the Caf Women’s Champions League.
“We have indicated to Caf that we are very interested in hosting the second edition of the Caf Women’s Champions League because it would be fantastic for the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, to defend their title on home soil in South Africa,” he said.
“So, we’re crossing our fingers because we don’t know who else will submit a bid, but Safa will submit a bid.”
Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu FC are South Africa’s current Champions League representatives. Sundowns currently leads Group A with 10 points after four games, while AmaZulu is third in Group B with six points after four games.
“We are watching AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns in the Caf Champions League and, of course, both of them are doing well,” he added.
“This weekend’s [Caf Champions League] group matches between Mamelodi Sundowns and Al Ahly, as well as AmaZulu, who are currently in Algeria, will determine their positions, and they may also advance to the final round.”
“So, we’re hoping that at least one of the two, if not both, will make it to the final.” It would be fantastic to host the Caf Champions League final featuring a South African team or both South African teams. We will also be watching and applying for the Caf Champions League final.
“That [the Caf Champions League final] is in May, and the Caf Women’s Champions League tournament is in November, so there is plenty of time between the two.”
Dr. Jordaan also stated that Safa intends to bid to host the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in 2024, with Banyana Banyana already qualified to represent the country at the continental tournament.
“In terms of the Africa Women Cup of Nations, we [Banyana Banyana] have qualified for the 2022 tournament in Morocco [from July 2 to July 23].” Our team advanced to the finals in Ghana [in 2018], where they were defeated on penalties by Nigeria.”
“They’re going to Morocco, and we’re hoping they’ll make it to the finals of this competition.” They must, without a doubt, qualify for the World Cup. On that basis, we have informed Caf that we would like to host the 2024 Women’s Cup of Nations. We will discuss this with the Minister of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa, and ask the government to support us in making that bid because it is a tournament, not a one-off match.
“As a result, we need government support for our bid to host the Afcon for Women in 2024.” “I believe we should have a significantly stronger team by then to compete for and win the championship,” Jordaan concluded.