SAFA pulls out of the race to host FIFA Club World Cup

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has officially pulled out of the race to host the 2021 FIFA Club World Club.

South Africa was one of the countries that showed huge interest in hosting the prestigious football event later this year.

But the fact that the country is still battling to get at least 70% of the citizens vaccinated means their chances of hosting the event are non-existent.

Furthermore, SAFA said the other stumbling block is the fact that South African football fans are yet to return to the stadiums.

“SAFA will liaise with the government regarding the return of fans to the stadiums that is a prerequisite for hosting the Club World Cup,” read a statement from SAFA.

“For South Africa to host the Club FIFA World Cup, the nation needs to reach the 70 percent vaccination threshold. South Africa is currently red listed by Great Britain where European champions Chelsea will come from, another possible hindrance to the process.

“Therefore, SAFA NEC resolved that they will not be pursuing the matter of hosting this event,” it added.

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