Jordaan in World Cup update

All stories by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

All stories by Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Danny Jordaan, the 2010 Local Organising Committee chief executive, will give a presentation to the Confederation of African Football on the country's World Cup preparations.

It will happen tomorrow morning during the CAF national executive committee meeting in Paarl, Western Cape.

"I will give them an update on the preparations for the World Cup, it will be more detailed, covering all the aspects," said Jordaan.

"We are quite happy with the preparations. There are regular meetings to assess the progress in all the host cities and we are well on schedule."

The continental soccer body executive committee members are in South Africa this week as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

The celebrations started in Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia who, along with South Africa were the founding members of CAF.

"The series of festivities have been to the other three countries," said Molefi Oliphant, president of the South African Football Association and CAF deputy president. "CAF are using the event to honour its four founding members - we are quite excited to host them."

Besides the executive meetings, there are a series of CAF standing committees who are also meeting in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

The meetings kicked off in Port Elizabeth on Monday where the standing committees responsible for youth competitions and women's football met.

Yesterday, the disciplinary board, where Safa chief executive Raymond Hack is a member, and referees' committee met in Port Elizabeth.

Today, the inter-clubs organising and legal affairs committees are also meeting in Port Elizabeth. The media and national associations committees will have their gatherings in Cape Town tomorrow.

On Friday, there will be football and marketing committee meetings in Cape Town, followed by the sports medical committee one on Saturday.

The big function is on Saturday night where CAF will be honouring a variety of people ranging from players, referees, coaches and administrators to journalists. Some of the people who will be honoured include Jomo Sono, Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone, Ashwin Trikamjee, Zacharia Mosehle, Darius Dlomo, Sugar Ray Xulu and Collen Taylor.

Those who will be honoured posthumously include George Thabe, Bethuel Morolo, Tony Wilcox, Patrick "Ace" Ntsoelengoe and Fred Fell.

"There are many people that we will be honouring from around the continent for their contribution in the growth of football," said Lesole Gadinabokao, a member of the 2010 World Cup LOC legacy committee.

On Monday, the CAF finance committee will be meeting in Johannesburg, where there will be a gala dinner at the Apartheid Museum later that night.