South Africa in the frame to host the FIFA Club World Cup in December

The South African Football Association have indicated interest in hosting the FIFA Club World Cup scheduled for December. This development comes follow Japan’s decision to withdraw as a host due to fears of the tournament being a super spreader of the coronavirus. Japan staged this year’s Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

Danny Jordaan, the South African FA President, met with the FIFA Secretary General Fatima Samoura in Lagos, Nigeria to obtain more details on the particulates of a bid South Africa must present to football’s world governing body in view of hosting the annual showpiece event.

Jordaan stated that meetings were planned with sports ministers of the country as part of a process of securing government approval for the tournament. South Africa is the worst affected country in Africa by the COVID-19 pandemic with over 2.8 million recorded cases and more than 84,000 deaths. Around 8% of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.

South Africa became the first African country to host the FIFA world cup in 2010. They could be only the second African nation to host the FIFA club world cup after Morocco who hosted the tournament in 2013 and 2014.

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