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Zuma promises LOC won't change

By unknown | May 08, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

World soccer governing body Fifa is over the moon over a "guarantee" that the newANC leaderswill not tamper with the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee.

Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke said yesterday that the guarantee was given by ANC president Jacob Zuma.

"Zuma went to Fifa, where our concern was that the Local Organising Committee should remain the same after the 2009 general elections," Valcke said.

"We had a commitment from Zuma that whatever happens in the 2009 elections, the ANC will keep the same structure."

The LOC board, which is the highest decision-making body of the 2010 World Cup, has several cabinet ministers serving on it.

The ministers are Jeff Radebe, Jabu Moleketi, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Charles Nqakula, Sydney Mufamadi and Makhenkesi Stofile.

Safa president Molefi Oliphant has announced that he will not be available for re-election next year, but Valcke hopes Fifa president Sepp Blatter can persuade him to stay.

They are scheduled to chat at the Fifa congress in Sydney, Australia, in two weeks' time.

"We don't want new players. You can't have new people with only one year to go before the big event [World Cup]. It would be unfair," said Valcke.

Oliphant and Blatter told Sowetan last month that he would not be lost to soccer once Safa had elected new leaders.

Valcke said they were happy that the South African government has delivered on all its guarantees for the World Cup.

He announced that Johannesburg would host the 2009 Confederations Cup draw.


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