Zimbabwe Bids For 2014 Nations Cup

The host is announced four years in advance in order to give it time to upgrade its facfilities.

Zimbabwe Football Association president Cuthbert Dube revealed that Zimbabwe had submitted its application to host the 2014 tournament after failing to get it in 2 000 and 2006.

Coincidentally Dube was the Zimbabwe Football Associan’s treasurer when the 2000
tournament was taken away from Zimbabwe.

The right to host the 2000 Nations Cup was snatched away the last minute from Zimbabwe because the country’s facilities did not meet the required standard. In 2006 the country lost 10 to three votes to Tunisia to host the Cup.

A 13 member Confederation of African Football (Caf) executive will assess the merits and demerits of each canbdidate before the start of the next edition of the Nations Cup which will be co hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon in 2012.

Among some of the countries who are said to be in the race to host the 2014 tournament are Botswana, Mali, Morocco, and Cameroon. Between now and the Caf Congress where hosts of the tournament will be chosen, inspection visits will be made to the countries in question to find out whether they have the capacity to host the 16 team football extravaganza.

Caf requires four separate venues from different cities and Dube said Zimbabwe had submitted Rufaro Stadium, Barbourfiels Stadium, Mucheke and Sakubva with the
National Sports Stadium pencilled for the opening ceremony and the final.

When asked about Zimbabwe’s chances of success this time around, Dube said there were people in Caf who syphathised with Zimbabwe and Zifa was banking on their support.

The Zifa supremo said they had looked at both the 2000 and 2006 bidding documents and Zifa had improved on them to boost the country’s chances of bringing the tournament back.