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South Africa have submitted a bid to be replacement hosts for next June's Africa Cup of Nations finals but SAFA says it is seeking clarity on the price tag of the tournament.

The 1996 hosts and Egypt are the two countries now in line to take over the hosting of the tournament from 15 June - 13 July 2019 after the Confederation of African Football (Caf) last month stripped Cameroon off the hosting right.

"We submitted our intention to host and our bidding documents before the deadline," confirmed SAFA spokesman Dominic Chimhavi on Saturday.

But he said SAFA had also asked Caf to provide more clarity on the hosting requirements as the replacement hosts have only six months to prepare.

"We want to know what Caf's requirements are from us if we are to be the host nation and indeed what they will be bring to the party.

"Also what are their commercial partners contributing? There is little time to now be able to talk to other potential sponsors," he told the BBC.

It will be the first 24-team tournament and could become something of a crisis for Caf who were rocked by this week's announcement that Morocco would not bid.

South Africa hosted the tournament in 1996 when it was first expanded to 16 teams from 12 previously and again in 2013 as replacements for Libya.

Caf will make a decision on the 2019 hosts at its executive committee meeting in Dakar on 9 January.
Source: Ghanasoccernet.com

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