Sunday, 06 May 2012
THE host cities for the 2013 Nations Cup have been announced, and though Jo’burg is not listed, it will have the opening match and final.
Minister of Sports and Recreation Fikile Mbalula made the announcement on Friday, naming Nelspruit (Mbombela Stadium), Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium), Rustenburg (Royal Bafokeng Stadium) and Durban (Moses Mabhida Stadium) as host cities. Cape Town did not make the list after it refused to accept the loose nature of the financial agreement put forward by SAFA that could have seen costs spiral out of control.
Despite not being a host city, the 95 000-seater Soccer City in Johannesburg will be used for the opening and closing ceremonies.
The cities chosen have now opened themselves up to spiraling costs, with SAFA seeking to recoup at the very least the estimated R100-million that will be needed to fund the tournament.
Mbalula said that in order to assist with this, the South African government had come to an agreement with SAFA that gate takings will be shared between CAF, the host cities and government.
With some attendances likely to be low for the less high-profile fixtures, this may make little material difference to the financial burden.