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Blatter gives SA thumbs up for World Cup Readiness
Blatter gives SA thumbs up for World Cup Readiness

FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, has given South Africa thumbs up for the progress the country has made since it was chosen to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Blatter congratulated the country for meeting the FIFA expectations as a host city of world's biggest sporting spectacle.

Blatter was speaking at Durban on Monday night prior to the 100 days kick-off celebrations that take place today. He commended host cities and Government for building stadiums that would eventually enter the architectural history books.

"The buildings that have been made here are not only stadia to kick a ball, these are really legacy in culture, in architecture for the future. Congratulations, what you have realised, congratulations South Africa," said Blatter.

South Africa's resilience through tough economic times was also applauded. South Africa's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the country prides itself for being able to pull through with its plans in the middle of global financial meltdown.

"We said that the World Cup will help us expedite infrastructure development and economic growth. Even in the midst of a global recession, we continued to improve our infrastructure and thus to protect jobs, in particular the construction industry," he said.

Government as well as FIFA were particularly proud of having six African teams representing the continent at the soccer World Cup and likewise, messages of support from those team captains were well received during last night's ceremony.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th to take place. The premier international football tournament is scheduled to take place between June 11 and July 11, in South Africa.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the culmination of a qualification process that began in August 2007 and involved 204 of the 208 FIFA national teams. This will be the first time that the tournament has been hosted by an African nation, after South Africa beat Morocco and Egypt in an all-African bidding process.

Sourced From:   www.sabcnews.com


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