Draw a huge hit

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Danny Jordaan, 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive, says the success of the preliminary draw in Durban on Sunday shows that they are ready to host a successful tournament.

"We showed the world on Sunday what we can do when it comes to organising things and Fifa is highly impressed with the way things went in Durban," Jordaan said yesterday.

"These are signs that we are ready for 2010. We are ready to deliver a well-organised tournament that people will still talk about for many years.

" It was a very great stage for us and the world saw what we are capable of. There was Zulu dance and it was an African show of world class," he said.

He stressed that the successful draw on Sunday would send a message to those who still doubt "our readiness to host a successful World Cup".

But Jordaan did not want to comment about the incidents of crime that took place in Durban at the weekend. This after an Austrian tourist was robbed and killed on a golf course in the city.

German team manager Oliver Bierhoff's briefcase was also stolen from his hotel room.

The draw was attended by Fifa president Sepp Blatter, a number of high-profile former players both local and international, and other dignitaries.

It was a well-organised event and Jordaan is justified in being happy.