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South Africa football authorities are to launch a bid to host the Women’s 2019 World Cup.

If successful it would come only nine years after the country held the men’s tournament, which was the first time the World Cup came to the continent of Africa.

Japan is also expected to bid for the tournament.

South Africa has already secured the right to host the Under-20s Women’s World Cup in 2016, and now it is seeking the senior event.

South African Football Association president Danny Jordaan claimed the country’s recent record of holding major competitions would increase its chances of landing the 2019 event.

He also has selected a new coach to lead the women’s side, with ex-Dutch international Vera Pauw being handed the reigns.

Speaking about the Rainbow Nation’s new coach, Jordaan said: “We decided we wanted first a women coach for each of our women’s teams, then we wanted one of the best coaches and we when couldn’t find that internally we had to go outside and look. Pauw comes with top credentials.

“Her mandate will be to take us to the World Cup next year. Her contract will be for as long as she is successful.”


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1 Comment
  1. A-Hamm 8 years ago

    Good to see. They most likely won’t get it, as it seems too soon for Africa to host the major senior women’s tournament, but its good practice and will hopefully raise the profile there along with the U-20 tourney in 2016.

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