Algerians get cup update

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The Local Organising Committee yesterday assured Algerians that South Africa was well on track to deliver a memorable 2010 African World Cup.

Speaking after making a presentation in the capital Algiers, LOC general manager Dennis Mumble used the opportunity to give an overview of their preparations.

He was addressing a gathering of political and soccer leaders at a function where the South African Football Association also received the Golden Ball award.

"I also informed them about the state of our preparedness for the World Cup, saying everything was under control," Mumble said.

"We also touched on the importance of the World Cup coming to the continent, with a particular emphasis on the African legacy project.

"We are working closely with Fifa and the African Union on the legacy project. We are saying Africa must take advantage of the World Cup.

"The presentation was well received in Algeria and we are humbled by their support."

The prestigious yearly Golden Ball award is pioneered by two of Algeria's major newspapers, Le Buteur and El Haddaf.

It was presented to Safa for making history by becoming the first African country to win the bid to host a World Cup. The award is traditionally presented to players.

Safa was represented by Morio Sanyane, its director of communications.

"We are delighted as Safa to have received the award from the two major papers in Algeria, it will help strengthen the relationship between the two countries," said Sanyane.