Final draw 'will be best'

Cape Town has promised an even bigger and better 2010 World Cup final draw where the 32 countries that will participate in the event will go into the hat in 2009 December.

Cape Town has promised an even bigger and better 2010 World Cup final draw where the 32 countries that will participate in the event will go into the hat in 2009 December.

This comes after Durban put on one of the greatest shows on the African continent in the preliminary draw last November, which impressed top global soccer leaders, including Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Pieter Cronje, Cape Town's 2010 World Cup director, said they had started with the initial preparations for the event that is expected to attract the who's who of soccer across the globe.

The Mother City, which is South Africa's tourism mecca, was selected by the Local Organising Committee to host the final draw last year.

"It is only fair for Cape Town to host the final draw. We are naturally excited about the prospect of hosting all people who will be attending," said Cronje.

"Durban hosted the preliminary draw. The City of Johannesburg will also be hosting the IBC [International Broadcast Centre] where journalists accredited to cover the World Cup will operate from.

"Cape Town is a great city. It is loved by South Africans in general and many people from other countries. We have many things like Table Mountain, Robben Island and others where people always frequent.

"The announcement that the 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw is coming to Cape Town has generated a lot of interest locally. We have already started with the work and it's all systems go."

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