Nelspruit — THE curtains of the 2013 Orange Nations Cup are still raised with a potential finale still rumbling in the pipeline.
But that has not stopped hosts South Africa from launching plans that will turn the 2014 Africa Nations Championship into a major success.
According to the Local organizing committee (LOC), the tournament's host cities Polokwane, (Peter Mokaba Stadium), Kimberly (GWK Stadium), Bloemfontein (Vodacom Park) and the Cape Town Stadium have declared their readiness to host the tournament that is an animation of the Africa Cup of Nations but legible for players that compete in domestic football leagues.
A countdown to the championship will officially be launched by South Africa President Jacob Zuma minutes after the Nations Cup final on Sunday after which all five host cities will kick-start campaigns that will be geared towards publicizing the event.
All the Uganda Cranes have to do is overcome Tanzania over two legs to guarantee a place in the championship that already promises to be a major success.
The Cranes were bundled out of the tournament in 2011 after losing all three of their group stage matches against hosts Sudan, Algeria and
Cranes will make the first trip to Dar es Salaam for the first leg on June 23 before the return on July 6.
DR Congo won the inaugural championship while Tunisia are the defending champions.
South Africa will continue to ride on the legacy left behind by the 2010 World Cup and 2013 Nations Cup -two major events that have defied all that had predicted failure on an epic scale in the country.