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South Africa in the running to host 2027 FIFA World Cup

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FIFA President Gianni Infantino & SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.

World football governing body, FIFA, has confirmed that South Africa is one of the four bidders to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The other three are from Brazil, a joint bid from the USA and Canada, and another from Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Following FIFA’s confirmation of receipt of the bids, the four countries now have until the 19th of May to confirm and return their interest in hosting the global showpiece.

South African Football Association President, Dr Danny Jordaan, is of the view that South Africa have an edge after having successfully hosted the 2010 Men’s World Cup. “The good thing for us is that we had a 32-nation men’s World Cup, so all of our infrastructure is in place,” says Jordaan.

“We have 10 stadiums, we have hotels, we have a speed train, we have improved airports, therefore we should be in a good position.”

Jordaan is also confident that the 2027 tournament will see total parity on all fronts, including the prize money for winning the tournament. “There’s a tremendous closing of the gap in prize money, so by the time we come to 2027, men and women will get equal prize money, if it’s R50 million for men, it will be R50 million for women.”

 

The FIFA congress will announce the winners of the bid on the 17th of May in 2024 after public voting.

Article by: Ntsako Mkhari

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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