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By unknown | Sep 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has once more shown confidence in South Africa by saying the 2010 World Cup will definitely not be taken away from this country.

Blatter said Fifa was fully behind the Local Organising Committee's preparations for both the 2009 Confederations Cup and World Cup.

The popular Swiss citizen was speaking after a meeting with President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria on Sunday night to discuss issues relating to the two competitions.

Accompanied by Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, Blatter urged South Africans to support both the Confederations Cup and World Cup.

Blatter said Fifa was 100 percent convinced about South Africa's ability to organise a successful World Cup that everybody across the globe will be proud of.

He went on to say he was happy that South Africa has won the bid to host the International Olympic Committee's general assembly in Durban in 2011.

A member of the IOC, Blatter said he always felt "full of life" when he visited South Africa to meet and sing with the construction workers at the stadiums.

On the much-publicised Plan B for the World Cup, Blatter was unequivocal: "Plan B is South Africa, Plan C is also South Africa."

Blatter said he was looking forward to meeting South African leaders, including Nelson Mandela, Jacob Zuma, FW de Klerk and Mbhazima Shilowa.

"I will also have the privilege again to meet the monument of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, who was so instrumental in bringing this World Cup to South Africa.

"I will have the pleasure to offer him a small replica of the Fifa World Cup trophy that brought tears to his eyes back on 15 May 2004 when South Africa was awarded the right to host the first African World Cup."

The Fifa president also personally congratulated Mbeki for brokering the historic power-sharing agreement in neighbouring Zimbabwe.


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