Safa ‘positive’ about hosting CWC after Infantino talks

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The South African Football Association (Safa) are positive about hosting the Club World Cup in December.

The Cosafa nation are keen on staging the tournament after the surprise withdrawal of Japan as hosts earlier this month, citing concerns over the on-going coronavirus.

Safa president Danny Jordaan travelled to Nigeria last week to discuss their hosting plans with Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, and its secretary general, Fatma Samoura.

Speaking to BBC Sport Africa, Safa head of communications Dominic Chimhavi said everything is going very well so far.

“The talks were very, very encouraging.

“The president had a chat with the Fifa hierarchy, which includes the president and the secretary general, and with Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe.

“We have written an official letter to Fifa to ask them about the terms of reference with regards to what is needed for South Africa to host the Club World Cup. So everything is all systems go as far as we are concerned.”

Fifa are yet to announce if it has received other bids to host the event, which features six continental club champions and the host nation’s league champions, or if it will open a tender process for countries keen to do so.

Chimhavi continued to explain that the 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums are still in great condition and the country is willing to go an extra mile to meet all other requirements to ensure that they are ready to host another global showpiece.

“The Fifa secretary general spent almost a week in South Africa a couple of weeks ago. One of the assurances she got from the Minister of Sport was that South Africa is ready to host any major tournament at any given time.”

Despite the positives around the issue, South Africa’s inclusion in the United Kingdom’s red list travel ban category complicates things with European champions Chelsea expected to participate in the tournament.

The UK regulations clearly state that any person who travels to countries in this category must quarantine for at least 10 days upon their return to the country.

“Our numbers are declining and our vaccination drive is one of the most impressive on the continent,” continued Chimhavi.

“In the coming months you might discover that South Africa is one of the safest places to visit because we have an aggressive campaign to make sure that each and every one is vaccinated. We take this Covid-19 issue seriously.

“Since we raised our hands in regards to this issue, we have been working closely and constantly with the Minister of Sport. We have been working constantly with the Minister of Health with regards to making sure that everything, concerning Covid regulations is above board.”

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By FARPost Reporter