Venues for 2013 African Cup to be named April 4

The host cities and stadiums for next year’s African Cup of

Nations will be announced on April 4.

The South African Football Association says the match venues

will be made public during a visit by Confederation of African

Football officials.

Representatives from eight bidding venues were presenting their

cases to SAFA on Monday.

South Africa could use seven stadiums for the 16-team event in

January and February next year, the most ever at a Cup of Nations.

Organizers say those built for the 2010 World Cup will be

preferred.

Soweto’s 90,000-plus FNB Stadium, which hosted the World Cup

final when it was known as Soccer City, will likely be the

tournament’s center point.

South Africa took over the 2013 African Cup from troubled Libya.

Libya will host in 2017.