Safa sends heavy artillery for 2027 World Cup bid presentation

The South African Football Association (Safa) are pulling out all the stops to make sure that they win the bid to host the 2027 Fifa Women’s World Cup bid.

A powerful SA delegation is at the World Cup, currently taking place in Australia and New Zealand, and will make a presentation on Thursday as to why they must be awarded the women’s biggest sporting showpiece in the world.

In 2010, Mzansi hosted the first Fifa World Cup on African soil and it was hailed as one of the most successful tournaments. Now, Safa are lobbying to host the first women’s edition on the continent. SA are bidding against Brazil and joint bids from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Brazil and USA/Mexico.

Safa president Danny Jordaan will lead a delegation comprising of CEO Lydia Monyepao, 2027 Bid Committee chair Tumi Dlamini, Bid CEO Russell Paul and newly-appointed Safa Women’s Football Head Romaney Pinnock.

Jordaan says that awarding the global tournament to Africa will change the complexion of women’s football on the continent.

‘’We are going to impress upon the delegates what hosting a Fifa Women’s World Cup event would do to the continent. The contribution the World Cup would make to Africa is unbelievable,’’ said Jordaan on the Safa website.

‘’We will put our case through, that this is Africa’s time and that we have all what it takes to host a very successful World Cup. We have done it before and we want to do it for the continent once more. Africa has a compelling case – if there was going to be fair treatment and equality in the game universally, the continent should be given the right to host the 2027 showpiece,” he added.

The winner will be decided by a vote of Fifa member associations at a Congress in Bangkok, Thailand next year in May.

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