The Secretary-General of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Hicham El Amrani has said that the next edition of the African Cup of Nations holding in South Africa will be a celebration of African football.
Speaking after CAF signed the Organising Association Agreement (OAA) with the South African Football Association in Johannesburg, El Amrani, said that CAF and the host nation were also working hard to ensure that the stadiums are filled with fans as the game was meant for the fans He added that the ticketing process would commence in July, while the the Official Draw for the AFCON 2013 finals will take place on the October 26.
El Amrani said that both parties had agreed on all key aspects in relationship to the event, adding that spirit was excellent and the cooperation was smooth among all involved parties.
Asked if CAF be going for more than the usual 4 venues that you normally use for AFCON finals, El Amrani said “we do have a minimum of four (4) venues’ policy for AFCON finals and so far South Africa has received interest from seven or eight cities and this highlights how important the tournament is.
“So far we believe five (5) venues will be selected, not more, since too many venues will also present logistical and financial constraints. So we are looking forward to a confirmation from the LOC on that aspect. It is worth mentioning that South Africa will also be hosting the CHAN in 2014, another 16 team tournament, so venues not selected for the AFCON 2013 will have the opportunity to be considered as well”, added the CAF scribe.
On how CAF intend to deal with the challenge of bringing fans to AFCON 2013 matches, El Amrani responded thus: “It was one of the priorities we set when we met in South Africa, to focus specifically on ticketing programs and allow African football fans to celebrate this competition, whether from South Africa or from abroad.