Afcon not only prize on offer

WITH five cities set to host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals in South Africa, Polokwane is one of the four provisionally chosen to stage the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan).

Avusa Sports has learnt that Johannesburg remains the hot favourite to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Afcon tournament.

Gauteng sport, arts, culture and recreation MEC Lebogang Maile said they wanted the first and final matches of the Afcon finals to be played at Soccer City as was the case with the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

The other four cities provisionally given the go-ahead to host Afcon matches are Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay, Rustenburg and Mbombela.

Besides Polokwane, the other cities vying for Chan - which is for players based on the continent - are Cape Town, Mangaung and Kimberley.

Cabinet will meet tomorrow to discuss the host cities and preparations for the two tournaments, and make final recommendations.

Government spokesman Jimmy Manyi will make an announcement of the cities to host the two tournaments on Friday.

The Afcon guarantees have been discussed by an inter-ministerial committee representing sport, home affairs, health, finance, communications, the police and public service.