Afcon 2013 will cost R400m
The SA Football Association says it will cost R400-million to host the African Nations Cup next year.
Mvuzo Mbebe, CEO of Safa's organising committee for the tournament, revealed the figure when he addressed a parliamentary committee yesterday.
Among the costs would be:
- R20-million to accommodate VIPs from the Confederation of African Football, under whose auspices the tournament is organised.
- R25-million to market the event.
Mbebe said it could cost Safa R300-million and R90-million from the four host cities: Port Elizabeth, Durban, Rustenburg and Nelspruit. Soccer City in Johannesburg, which hosted the 2010 World Cup final, will be the venue for the opening ceremony and the final.
"We expect that this is going to cost [us] R300-million and it will cost the host cities another R90-million. So we are talking of a budget of close to R400-million to really run this," Mbebe said.
He said Safa had asked for R52-million from the government, but did not say where the rest of the money would come from.
Safa president Kirsten Nematandani told the committee that $65-million of the $100-million the organisation received from the 2010 World Cup had been invested.
About $35-million had been spent on building Safa's head office, buying vehicles (including buses) and the salary of a foreign coach (Carlos Alberto Parreira ).
Mbebe and Nematandani were part of a Safa delegation that briefed MPs on the cost of the 2013 Afcon tournament, which South Africa inherited when it could no longer be staged in strife-torn Libya.
They presented Safa's progress report on the implementation of its development plan to the portfolio committee on sport and recreation.
"We recognise that time and resources are limited and obviously we are going to be begging and knocking on all doors to ask for support," said Mbebe.
He said the organising committee also hoped to raise money from ticket sales and to share 25% of the revenue with the host cities. To make a profit, he said, it needs to sell at least 500000 tickets.
On the $100-million, Nematandani said: "Remember, we had to get a foreign coach and that did not come cheap . It was quite costly, but under the circumstances we felt we had a duty to ensure that we don't just have a team, we had to have a team that competed."