‘We Respect the Decision by SAFA to Work towards a Well-Prepared Bid in 2031’ -Kodwa 

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa says he respects the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) decision to withdraw from bidding for the 2027 Women’s Soccer World Cup. The soccer body announced on 24 November, that they will no longer be participating in the bidding process. Photo: Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on X

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa says he respects the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) decision to withdraw from bidding for the 2027 Women’s Soccer World Cup. The soccer body announced on Friday, 24 November 2023, that they will no longer be participating in the bidding process. 

The news came as somewhat of a shock to many but SAFA says it decided against putting together a “rushed presentation” and will now focus on making sure they have a robust bid for the 2031 games, as well as making sure the team that goes to the soccer showpiece will be at their best. 

“We have noted the media statements from SAFA to withdraw it’s bid to host the 2027 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The South African Government was clear in November 2022 in supporting SAFA when they expressed interest in hosting the World Cup. 

“The latter cannot be considered an underwriting, a guarantee or financial commitment by the department of Sports, Arts, and Culture or any other department in the Republic of South Africa,” said Kodwa at a media briefing held on 28 November 2023. 

“The department has fully supported SAFA in supplying the federation with a platform to address various levels of government and stakeholders. Government was also prepared to participate in the FIFA Observer Program for potential host cities during the FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. We respect the decision by SAFA to work towards a well prepared bid in 2031.” 

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa 

SAFA has stated that they will use this time to improve all aspects of the game to increase their chances of hosting the 2031 tournament.

Meanwhile, Kodwa also briefed the media on appointments he made and revealed who will be the new Boxing SA (BSA) board members. Among the new names is well-known broadcast journalist Romy Titus, who with her fellow board members will hold the role for the next three years. 

Meanwhile, former South African Netball captain Zanele Mdodana and the previous Netball SA CEO Blanche de la Guerre will be part of an expert panel tasked to create a professional netball league. 


Photo caption: Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Zizi Kodwa says he respects the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) decision to withdraw from bidding for the 2027 Women’s Soccer World Cup. The soccer body announced on 24 November, that they will no longer be participating in the bidding process. Photo: Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture on X

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