South Africa will host the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in place of Libya, the
Confederation of African Football (Caf) has announced.
According to the BBC,
Libya gave up the right to host the event because of the continuing upheaval in
They will instead organise the 2017 tournament, which had been
due to take place in South Africa.
The swap is confirmation of a deal between
the two countries which was revealed some weeks ago.
At the time Caf said
that the announcement was premature, with Nigeria and Algeria also expressing an
interest in stepping in.
Nigeria had been named as standby hosts when Caf
made their original announcements about the venues for the tournaments from 2010
But the decision to go with South Africa was ratified at Caf’s
Executive Committee meeting which is taking place in Cairo.
South Africa will
also replace Libya as hosts of the 2014 African Nations Championship, the
tournament for locally-based players.
Earlier this year they organised the
African U20 championship, which was also given-up by Libya.
announced the hosts of a number of other major events.
Namibia will organise
the 2014 Africa Women’s Championship and Niger will take on the 2015 U17
Senegal will host the 2015 U20 finals while Madagascar will stage
the U17 championship in 2017.