Concerns have been raised about whether the political transition in South Africa and the infighting within the ruling party would impact negatively on the preparations for the 2010 World Cup. This emerged at a meeting hosted by the World Cup 2010 chief, Danny, Jordaan with FIFA football leaders and the media in New York.

Jordaan is in the US as part of a road show to boost confidence in South Africa’s readiness to host FIFA’s supreme tournament. In six months’ time the country’s preparedness will be facing its first real test. In June next year SA will be hosting all the six champions of FIFA’s confederations – Brazil, New Zealand, the United States, Spain, Iraq and Egypt. The reigning world cup champions – Italy – and South Africa, as the host country, will also take part in next year’s Confederations Cup.

The two-week games are seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2010 showpiece. But South Africa’s security remains a major issue of concern to the outside world. The FIFA team is in America, on a drive to boost confidence and allay fears.

The World Cup Organising Committee says accommodation and transportation arrangements are in place and that the completion of stadiums is on schedule.

AUTHOR: Thami Dickson
DATED: 7th November 2008