South Africa makes double bid for CAF Champions League

Hosts of 2010 World cup South Africa, have submitted bids to host finals of this year’s CAF Champions League final as well as CAF Women’s Champions League.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan told the SAFA website that the wheels are in motion as South Africa bid for both events.

“We have indicated to CAF that we are quite keen to host the second edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League on the basis that it would be wonderful for the defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies, to defend their crown on home soil in South Africa,” he said.

“So we are keeping our fingers crossed because we do not know who else will submit a bid, but we as SAFA are definitely going to submit a bid.”

SAFA have set their sights on potentially hosting the CAF Champions League final this year. South Africa has two Champions League teams, with Mamelodi Sundowns and AmaZulu flying the flag high.

Sundowns currently lead Group A standings and are slugging it out with Egyptian side Al Ahly at FNB Stadium today

Meanwhile, AmaZulu is second behind Raja Casablanca in Group B and travel to Algeria to face ES Sétif also on Saturday.

“We are following the success of both AmaZulu and Mamelodi Sundowns in the CAF Champions League and of course both of them are doing well,” said Jordaan.

“We hope that at least one of the two, but hopefully both of them will make it to the final.

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“It would be just wonderful to host the CAF Champions League final with a South African team or both South African teams in the final. We will be watching and submitting an application for the CAF Champions League final as well.

“That [the CAF Champions League final] will be in May, CAF Women’s Champions League tournament is in November, so there is a good space between the two events.”

Jordaan revealed that SAFA will also bid to host the Africa Women Cup of Nations in 2024.

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