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World Cup stadiums in demand ahead of Afcon – posted by www.equatorialguineaonline.com

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Several countries that have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations are heading to South Africa to use World Cup facilities ahead of the tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Among the countries that have expressed interest in setting up a training base in South Africa are Zambia, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea and Angola.

Both Zambia and Ghana are expected to play friendlies against Bafana Bafana. The dates and venues of these matches are yet to be finalised.

Boasting some of the best facilities in the world and similar weather to Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, South Africa will be ideal for countries to prepare to the Nations Cup.

ahead of the championship that runs from January 21-February 12

In the past, a number of African countries set up training camps in Europe and flew back to Africa just before the tournament kicked off, but the utilisation of South Africa’s World Cup facilities should trigger massive interest, in Africa and around the globe.

Safa CEO Robin Petersen says he is excited by the interest, as it will go a long way in sustaining the World Cup legacy.

“We want the 2010 World Cup legacy to benefit several generations to come, especially South Africans and the football family on this African continent,” Petersen says.

“Setting up bases here is a good sign that our World Cup facilities will never turn into a white elephant.”

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