CAF to run the rule over Afcon hosts
AN INSPECTION team from the Confederation of African Football will visit the country early next month to run the rule over each of the venues for next year's Africa Cup of Nations.
The team from the headquarters of continental football in Cairo want to go on a detailed inspection of the host cities and stadiums to be used for the 16-team tournament early next year.
They will go on trips to Durban, Nelspruit, Port Elizabeth and Rustenburg, as well as Johannesburg, which were all designated in early May as the host cities for the tournament that will run from January 19 to February 10.
Meetings will be held with the municipal authorities and also stadium officials, as well as the operations team that has been put together to run the tournament on behalf of the South African Football Association. CAF is also still considering whether to move the draw for the last round of qualifiers from Cairo to Johannesburg.
It was originally scheduled to be held on July 4 or 5 in Cairo but might now be hosted in South Africa instead as part of a bid to garner more publicity for the finals.
The draw will pit the 16 teams from the 2012 finals against 16 teams who will come through the first round of qualifying.
The first round, featuring giants like Cameroon, Egypt and Nigeria, will be completed by the end of the month.