ADDIS ABABA - Taking the World Cup to Africa was a moral obligation, Fifa president Sepp Blatter, pictured, said yesterday, looking ahead to the 2010 finals in South Africa.
"For Fifa and the whole world, taking the World Cup to Africa is practically a moral obligation to African football and to the African people," Blatter told the African Union Summit, according to a statement issued by Fifa.
Blatter, who heads world soccer's governing body, and his Confederation of African Football counterpart, Fifa vice-president Issa Hayatou, addressed African heads of state and government at the eighth summit in the Ethiopian capital.
Blatter's speech focused on the 2010 World Cup, which will be the first to be held on the African continent, and the "Win in Africa with Africa" initiative.
He appealed to African governments and the international community to get behind the development of Africa. Blatter proposed football as a tool in the fight against discrimination so as to reinforce national unity. - Reuters