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South Africa confirms 2015 Nations Cup bid

Johannesburg's Soccer City
South Africa confounded the sceptics by staging a successful 2010 World Cup

The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed it is to bid to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The country intends to build on the facilities installed for this year's successful World Cup to stage African football's greatest prize.

South Africa has organised the Nations Cup once before, winning in 1996 as it took part for the first time.

"We have put in a request to the Confederation of African Football," said Safa chief Kirsten Nematandani.

"We are still (enjoying) the success of the World Cup and we hope it will be good for us in our bid to host the Nations Cup," Nematandani told The Sowetan newspaper.

There's no better way to thank Africa for supporting us during the World Cup than to host the Nations Cup in the same venues

Safa chief Kirsten Nematandani

South Africa thus joins Morocco in the bid to host the 2015 finals, with the North Africans having declared their intention to stage the event in either 2015 or 2017.

The next Nations Cup tournament will be co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in 2012, while Libya will stage in 2013 as the finals move to an odd year for the first time since 1965.

Like 1988 hosts Morocco, South Africa hopes it can become the seventh nation - after Egypt, Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria - to stage the event more than once.

"The decision to bid was taken last week on Thursday," Safa spokesperson Morio Sanyane told BBC Sport.

His boss Nematandani believes no major developmental changes will be required for the South African bid since everything is already in place after this year's historic World Cup.

"There will be no question of infrastructure because it is here - accommodation (too)," Nematandani added.

"There will be no question of transport because it is here. World-class stadiums are here. We have everything.

"We are going to update the government about this development."

In a separate move, Safa is to relocate its headquarters later this week to Safa House, which were the headquarters of the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 World Cup.

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