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Soccer News of Monday, 31 May 2004

Source: Sapa

South Africa Withdraws Nations Cup Bid

The South African Football Association has confirmed that the federation has withdrawn from bidding to host the 2008 African Nations Cup finals.

Ghana i bidding to host the 2008 soccer fiesta.

According to Safa president Molefi Oliphant, it will not be a good idea for South Africa to go ahead with its plans of hosting the continental showpiece.

"It won't be possible for us to host three major tournaments within a short space of time," said Oliphant, referring to the 2008 Afcon, the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup finals.

"This follows a decision by Fifa to award us the hosting of the 2010 World Cup finals," said Oliphant, who is also vice president of the Confederation of African Football.