Ferguson backs SA for 2010

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager, has once more heaped praise on South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager, has once more heaped praise on South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World Cup.

The support from Ferguson came a day after Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, reiterated that the World Cup will not be taken away from South Africa.

"There definitely is no plan B or C. The only plan is to make the South African event a success," said Blatter at the Fifa World Club Championships in Japan on Monday.

Ferguson said he was impressed by the progress made by South Africa ahead of the 32-nation tournament.

"When I look back to 1993 and compare it to how it is now, there has been an awful lot of progress," said Ferguson.

"The national team is going through a transitional phase at the moment. All of their best players at the moment are the experienced players, but national teams go in cycles, particularly for the developing football nations.

"Hopefully, the experience they [Bafana] will get between now and 2010 will see them do well at the World Cup."

Ferguson was presented with a Bafana Bafana replica jersey, with 2010 printed on the back, by Blatter and Danny Jordaan of the LOC. - additional reporting by Fifa

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