Security on agenda for African Cup

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has reiterated that Angola will stage a successful 2010 Orange African Cup of Nations, while one of the tournament's main sponsors has also thrown its support behind the host country.

CAF Marketing's assistant general manager, Sara El Gazzar, told KickOff. com that the Confederation's inspections have satisfied officials, and the competing countries have been assured that everything is in place for the event. She said: "The stadia are ready. The hotels are ready and the whole CAF committee that went to inspect the stadia and accommodation in Angola were impressed. "El Gazzar added: "Security is in place and we are all happy that we will have one of the most successful tournaments in Africa. They are ready and looking at the countries which have qualified. It will really be a nice competition. " El Gazzar's comments have come after CAF president Issa Hayatou in September 2009 denied reports that Angola could be stripped of the hosting rights for the Cup of Nations by stating that preparations are "on track". Reports had suggested that CAF was considering handing the event to South Africa amid concerns that preparations for the event were running behind schedule. Preparations for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held from 10–31 January, could prove to be a key thrust for the infrastructure sector in the oil and diamond rich Southern African country, with Angola spending $1bn in the build–up to the tournament. Four new stadia have been built by China's Shanghai Urban Construction Group in Luanda, Huila, Cabinda and Benguela, while national airport administrator Empresa de Navegaçao Aerea is investing $400m in the redevelopment of all airports in the country. Andisa Nsubane from sponsor Standard Bank said: "It is good that we are part of African football, sponsoring five different CAF tournaments including the Orange African Champions League and the Orange Africa Cup of Nations. We have agreed to be part of the most favoured sport until 2016 which just shows how committed we are to developing football in Africa. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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