Blatter back for Soccerex

Sepp Blatter, Fifa president, will lead a delegation of soccer's big bosses attending the last edition of the Soccerex convention hosted by South Africa, in November.

Duncan Revie, Soccerex's chief executive, said the event will take place at Sandton Convention Centre from November 29 to December 2.

Blatter and company will also be here for the final 2010 World Cup draw scheduled for Cape Town Convention Centre on December 4.

"It will be the mother of all gatherings for the soccer family across the globe, we are excited that the Fifa top brass will also be here," said Revie.

"We would like to thank the Gauteng provincial government, especially MEC Barbara Creecy, for embracing Soccerex.

"We are excited that we will still be working with them again post the 2010 World Cup after Gauteng won the bid to host the Soccerex forums from 2010 to 2013."

South Africa, through the Gauteng provincial government, has been hosting the lucrative Soccerex since 2007.

In South Africa, the event attracted the who's who of soccer like Lucas Radebe, John Barnes, Gerard Houllier, George Weah, Bryan Robson and Kalusha Bwalya.

Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs, Blackburn Rovers, Manchester United, Ajax Amsterdam and Inter Milan are some of Soccerex's clients.

Creecy's department has been using Soccerex to showcase Gauteng and the rest of South Africa's readiness for the Confederations Cup and World Cup.

The MEC will lead a Gauteng delegation attending the Brasilia forum in Brazil next month, which will also include 25 business people from the province.