Zuma to honour Blatter and Rogge with awards

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will honour Fifa president Sepp Blatter with a national order on April 27.

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma will honour Fifa president Sepp Blatter with a national order on April 27.

Sowetan has been reliably informed that Zuma will bestow the Order of the Grand Companions of OR Tambo on the highly respected Blatter. The order is bestowed on foreign nationals for friendship shown to South Africa.

The awards ceremony will take place at the Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on Freedom Day, April 27.

An invitation was sent to Blatter on March 29.

Blatter has won the hearts of many South Africans and the rest of the people on the continent after his decision to rotate the World Cup.

In addition, Blatter has consistently believed in South Africa since the historic announcement he made in Zurich on May 15 2004 that "the 2010 World Cup will be organised in South Africa".

Blatter has remained adamant that South Africa will host the best-ever World Cup, adding that people across the globe must fully support the country. The Fifa boss is one of the two global sports administrators who will be honoured by Zuma on that day.

The other one will be International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge.

Rogge, who has also added his voice to the ever-growing chorus that the World Cup will be a successful event in South Africa, will also receive the Order of the Grand Companions of OR Tambo. Rogge's invitation was sent through to the IOC's headquarters on March 17.

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