Maradona to jet in for draw

DIEGO Maradona, Vicente Del Bosque and Shaibu Amodu are among those who have confirmed their attendance at the 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw in Cape Town on Friday. Maradona is the coach of Argentina, Del Bosque is in charge of Spain, while former Orlando Pirates mentor Amodu leads Nigeria.

DIEGO Maradona, Vicente Del Bosque and Shaibu Amodu are among those who have confirmed their attendance at the 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw in Cape Town on Friday. Maradona is the coach of Argentina, Del Bosque is in charge of Spain, while former Orlando Pirates mentor Amodu leads Nigeria.

Others arriving include South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, Marcello Lippi of Italy, Fabio Capello (England), Dunga (Brazil) and Carlos Queiroz (Portugal). Amodu breathed a sigh of relief after the Nigeria Football Federation decided to retain him as coach after the Super Eagles almost failed to qualify for the Cup.

Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Algeria and hosts SA will represent Africa. Danny Jordaan, the LOC chief executive, says African teams will spring a major surprise in the Cup.

The 32 countries taking part in the tournament will be divided into eight group of four each, with South Africa already seeded in pot one.

Fifa, which will explain the criteria to be used on Friday, is on record as saying no two teams from the same continent will be in the same group. Some of the celebrities who will attend the draw include David Beckham, Ruud Gullit, George Weah, Roger Milla and Zinedine Zidane.

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