Haters still trying to take WC from us

Fifa president Sepp Blatter might sound like a stuck record when he keeps declaring that the 2010 World Cup will be staged in South Africa, that's Plan A, B and C.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter might sound like a stuck record when he keeps declaring that the 2010 World Cup will be staged in South Africa, that's Plan A, B and C.

But it is still clear that there are many people in Europe, Australia and the United States of America who believe Africa does not deserve to host this soccer fiesta.

Every time something terrible happens in Africa, the ultra jealous ones in those continents come up with cheap talk that the 2010 World Cup won't be safe here.

Last weekend, there was a stampede at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, where 19 soccer fans were killed and more than 100 injured.

It happened prior to the 5-0 annihilation of the Malawi Flames by the Didier Drogba-led Elephants of Ivory Coast in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

This came after Fifa instigated a programme of stadium inspections across Africa before the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.

Surprise, surprise ... Felix Houphouet-Boigny was passed safe for international matches by Fifa's technical committee late last year.

This is the same stadium where Jerry Sikhosana made history in 1995 when he put a long punt upfield into the net for Orlando Pirates to become the first club in Southern Africa to win the African Champions League after beating ASEC Mimosas 1-0.

I could not believe it when one of the CNN presenters questioned if Africa would be able to host such a big event (the World Cup) when their stadiums were falling part - this was done with the world watching before the Bafana Bafana-Portugal game kickoff in Switzerland.

Felix Houphouet-Boigny has not been upgraded in a very long time but people who hate Africa with a passion are saying Fifa must consider taking the 2010 World Cup from us because of what happened there last Sunday.

They argue that stadiums in South Africa will not be safe, but deliberately forget to remember that we are building new stadiums and upgrading existing ones.

South Africa is ready to host a successful World Cup next year and will definitely silence the doubting Thomases about our ability as a continent to host major global events.

Give us a break, please!

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