South Africa replace Libya as Nations host
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Football officials in war-torn Libya have agreed to transfer the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations to South Africa in a swap deal that would see Libya host the tournament in 2017, officials said today.

"The South African Football Association (Safa) and the Football Federation of Libya have signed an agreement with regards (to) the hosting of the 2013 and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments," Safa said on its web site. "The agreement comes following the political upheaval in Libya."

Under the deal, Libya will host the 2017 Nations Cup, which had been awarded to South Africa, and South Africa will replace Libya as host of the 2013 Nations Cup and the 2014 African Nations Championship. The Nations Cup is Africa's premier football showcase. The African Nations Championship is a tournament limited to footballers who play in their home countries.

Safa said the deal was still subject to ratification by the Confederation of African Football, which was expected to decide on it at its next executive committee meeting on 28 September in Cairo. South Africa has all the infrastructure in place to hold a major tournament after hosting the FIFA World Cup™ last year. The next Nations Cup will be hosted in early 2012 by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The tournament will then switch to odd-numbered years, with Morocco hosting the 2015 edition.