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Administrator to brief country on SA's World Cup progress

By unknown | Jul 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

All reports Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All reports Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Mato Madlala, top South African soccer administrator, has been invited to the Czech Republic to give an update on the 2010 World Cup preparations.

Madlala has been asked to give an update on August 6 by the South African embassy in the Czech Republic, which is led by ambassador Nomsa Dube.

A national executive committee member of the South African Football Association, Madlala will also be in the Czech Republic with her Premier Soccer League side Lamontville Golden Arrows.

Arrows have been invited by Hradec Kralove, a top First Division club in that country, to participate in a yearly development tournament. The CEZ Cup is for Under-12s, 14s and 17s.

"We are also excited that Mato will also update us on the World Cup," said Mashisha Motsoko, the embassy's second secretary in the political and cultural desk.

"Our ambassador is looking forward to welcoming Golden Arrows here. There is a lot of excitement here over South Africa because of the World Cup. That is why we thought it will be a good idea to seize the golden opportunity of Arrows' coming by asking Mato to talk to all the stakeholders on our preparations.

"There have been all sorts of negative stories about our readiness to host the World Cup. We are excited that even Fifa president Sepp Blatter is happy with the progress.

"The World Cup update is done in partnership with the Czech Republic Football Association. Soccer giants FC Spartak have also offered us their facility for the event.

"Local journalists are anxious about Arrows' visit as they are the first club from Africa to participate in the tournament," said Motsoko.

He added that Arrows will arrive in the Czech Republic on July 30, with the tournament starting on August 3 and ending on August 5.


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