Safa relieved at FNB rename

Safa are relieved after the FNB Stadium in Soweto was renamed to the National Stadium.

The FNB Stadium in Johannesburg has been temporarily renamed to the National Stadium. Picture: Wikipedia

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Football Association (Safa) said on Thursday it was relieved that a deal has been reached over the naming rights of the FNB stadium in Soweto for the African Cup of Nations.

Intense negotiations took place over the last few weeks with fears that Safa may have to change venues in Johannesburg due to issues with the stadium branding.

The FNB Stadium will now be known as the National Stadium, a name that will be used exclusively during the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in 2013.

Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi said this was the final piece of the puzzle.

"This agreement unlocks the last phase of the printing of the tickets which have been in storage in the country. The fans will be happy to know where and when they can collect their tickets as soon as the Local Organising Committee makes the necessary preparations."

Safa Acting President Mwelo Nonkonyana said, "We are very excited about it. We were extremely worried."

The Afcon showpiece kicks off on 19 January with the finals on 10 February.