South Africa has indicated an interest in hosting FIFA’s Club World Cup in December after Japan withdrew because of COVID-19, South African Football Association President, Danny Jordaan disclosed Monday.
FIFA announced last week that Japan had withdrawn because of the pandemic and fears that the tournament would cause a further rise in infections in a country that has just staged the Summer Olympics and Paralympics.
Jordaan in an interview said he would meet with FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura in Lagos, Nigeria this week to know how South Africa can go about the bidding process to the world body to host the seven-team tournament.
The Club World Cup will feature Champions League winner Chelsea and the other continental club champions. The league champion from the host country also gets a place.
The South African Football Association must get government approval to hold the tournament and meetings with the Sports Minister were also planned, Jordaan said.
“We’ll know our position by the end of the week,” he said.
South Africa has numerous high-quality stadiums that were built or refurbished for the 2010 World Cup but any ambition to host the Club World Cup would depend on its own coronavirus situation.