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By unknown | Apr 18, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

It was party time at Safa House last Thursday when the Local Organising Committee held a farewell function for Michael Palmer, former head of Fifa mission to South Africa.

Palmer is going back home Down Under to take up a new position as the head of commercial operations of the Australian Football League.

American Ron DelMont, who was Palmer's deputy, was appointed new boss by Fifa general secretary Urs Linsi two weeks ago.

The down-to-earth DelMont's track record of major international competitions is well documented after having worked on five Olympic Games.

He was also at the Fifa 1994 and 2006 World Cup.

Dennis Mumble, LOC general manager operations, commended Palmer for the great job he has done in the preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

Palmer said he had enjoyed his stay in South Africa in the past two years, adding that he was confident that the country will host a successful World Cup.

"There are a lot of challenges and lots to do ahead, but I have no doubt it is going to be a wonderful, wonderful World Cup.

"I feel proud that I could contribute. When I return home to Australia I will have nothing but positive things to say about South Africa."

DelMont said he was looking forward to continuing with great working relations with the LOC to prepare for the tournament.

The party, also attended by Santos boss Goolam Allie, ended with Mumble and Danny Jordaan, the LOC chief executive officer, presenting Palmer with gifts.


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