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SA to host another top international event

South Africa has been awarded the right to host the 2016 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

This follows a two-day meeting by the FIFA Executive Committee in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia near San Salvador in Brazil.

Details of South Africa’s hosting of the U20 football showpiece will be revealed at a later stage. Said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan: ÔÇ£This is good news indeed for us as an Association and for the entire country. We are quite delighted with the news from FIFA. This clearly shows that the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup has given South Africa strong credentials at FIFA and makes this country an almost automatic choice in the hosting of major events.ÔÇØ

Jordaan is in Brazil where he is attending the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup draw which will take place on Friday.

ÔÇØThe hosting of the FIFA U20 World Cup is a tremendous boost for women’s football in South Africa and shows the high regard that FIFA holds our country.ÔÇØ

The FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup is a precursor to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Canada is hosting both the FIFA 2014 Women’s World Cup and the FIFA 2015 U20 Women’s World Cup.

ÔÇØHosting the 2016 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup event has now put South Africa in an advantageous position to host the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. We are confident that when the bidding opens we will be in a stronger position,ÔÇØ added Dr Jordaan.

The news comes on the day that the South African U20 Women’s National Team departed for Tanzania for the second round first leg qualifier of the 2014 FIFA U20 World Cup.

ÔÇØOur U20 women’s national team is currently in Tanzania and with only two teams going to the World Cup we are confident that they will do well to qualify for the 2014 event where they will have gained a lot of experience before hosting the world in 2016. This is part of our strategy to build women’s football. The Under-20 team will be Banyana Banyana in 2019 and this will have give them good grounding for the 2019 World Cup,ÔÇØ concluded Dr Jordaan.