CAN 2019: How Morocco prevented the South African candidacy
CAF’s decision to grant CAN 2019 to Egypt would be a punishment for South Africa’s support of the North American file, against that of Morocco, for the organization of the World Cup 2026.
According to the Acting Director General of the South African Football Federation (SAFA), the allocation of the organization of the 2019 African Nations Cup (CAN) to Egypt has followed more political considerations. that techniques. Speaking in the columns of the local Times Live newspaper on January 8,
Russell Paul hinted that his country was a victim of a plot by the African Football Confederation (CAF)as a punishment, for having preferred the United States-Canada-Mexico application to that of Morocco for the organization of the World 2026. For this manager, the CAF took the decision to grant the organization of the CAN 2019 to Egypt well before the date of the official announcement. According to him, SAFA has never been informed by the authorities of the African Confederation of the change of date of the meeting of the executive committee, advanced one day. This explains, he added, the absence of South African officials last Tuesday in Dakar, Senegal, at the announcement of the decision of the CAF.
According to Russell Paul, the Egyptian delegation went to Dakar a few days before the date of the meeting of the CAF Executive Committee. “We learned that the Egyptian federation came with government representatives. They were in Dakar before Tuesday and everything was negotiated behind the scenes, “he said. Furthermore, “CAF has never sent an inspection team to South Africa to visit the infrastructure, “said Paul, saying the African continent’s football body had completely neglected his country’s technical bid. Previously, following the withdrawal of the CAN 2019 organization’s file in Cameroon, CAF announced a process for the selection of applications including visits to countries. In a letter to CAF, the South African Football Federation denounced procedural flaws in the process leading to the award of CAN 2019 to Egypt.