Tournament a roaring success, says Jordaan
THE Fifa World Cup is halfway over and so far everything has gone well.
Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan said yesterday: "We have delivered 50percent of the games, and everything has gone smoothly. Now we are coming to the crucial stages when teams have to go home. T his is a wonderful success story.
"The games were supposed to start on time and they did; they are supposed to be broadcast to over 107 territories and they have; the streets and stadiums are supposed to be vibrant and they are; the stadiums are supposed to be full, and they have been full on all but four matches."
Jordaan was speaking ahead of the crucial game between Bafana Bafana and France at Bloemfontein Stadium. South Africa made history yesterday and became the first host nation to go out in the first round of the World Cup.
The national team beat France 2-1 but fell well short of the required result to qualify for the last 16 stage.
They needed to win by at least 3 clear goals and hope the result in the Uruguay-Mexico match went their way. Uruguay won 1-0.
Jordaan encouraged fans to use public transport to the games.
"After the opening ceremony, we realised that we had problems and appointed a transport task team to investigate. Since then, we have seen an improvement.
"Fans should use park and rides. If you are only in the car with your family, those are the only people you will talk to. But if you take the park and rides, you will talk to other fans and experience the atmosphere," he said.
Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said: "We see more South Africans willing to embrace the flag, which is an important symbol of national unity. Most importantly, if at the end of this World Cup we can achieve national unity, I think we will have won a cup bigger than the World Cup itself."