The South Africa Football Association (SAFA) confirmed that they will not bid to host the 2008 African Cup of Nations, preferring instead to bid for the 2009 Confederations Cup
The decision comes just two weeks after South Africa was awarded the rights to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup, becoming the first African country to do so.
SAFA president Molefi Oliphant said they would prefer to host the 2009 confederations Cup as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup the following year.
"It won't be possible for us to host three major tournaments within a short space of time," said Oliphant, referring to the 2008 AFCON, the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup finals.
"This follows a decision by FIFA to award us the hosting of the 2010 World Cup finals," said Oliphant, who is also vice president of the Confederation of African Football
That leaves Ghana and Libya in the running with the Confederation of African Football executive expected to decide later this year after World Cup-style inspections of the candidates.
Ghana hosted the event in 1963, 1978 and were co-hosts with Nigeria in 2000. Libya staged the event in 1982.
Egypt will host the 2006 edition of the 16-team event in Cairo.