sepp gives SA 9 out of 10

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given South Africa fulsome praise for successfully hosting the World Cup, which he described as one of the greatest events they had staged.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has given South Africa fulsome praise for successfully hosting the World Cup, which he described as one of the greatest events they had staged.

Blatter gave the country a massive nine out of 10 pass mark.

This was a huge relief to Local Organising Committee chairperson Irvin Khoza and chief executive Danny Jordaan.

After Blatter's praises, Khoza smiled and extended a hand to Jordaan, saying "We have done it".

The final mark was a huge improvement on the mark at the end of the 2009 Confederations Cup, when Blatter said the country needed to do more to pass with flying colours.

"After the Confederations Cup, I gave South Africa a 7,5 out of 10. After a successful final draw and this tournament I'm giving you nine out of 10, which in a university would earn the highest honours," he said.

"(It is ) a big compliment to South Africa, the people of South Africa, the government of South Africa for delivering on all the 17 guarantees of the World Cup.

"The LOC, led by chairperson Irvin Khoza who was working with Danny Jordaan, have done a great job.

"We also want to thank thousands of volunteers and the people whose hospitality contributed to the success of the World Cup.

"This has been something very great," said Blatter, adding that the success of the World Cup was a good advert for the African continent.

"Africa as a continent has proved that it can organise and successfully stage any competition in the world. For us to bring the World Cup to Africa was a question of trust and confidence.

"With the trust from Fifa, South Africa got the confidence to organise the World Cup. We at Fifa are satisfied with the hosting of the World Cup."

Blatter also congratulated Spain for winning their first World Cup title with home-based players, which is also in support of Fifa's 6+5 rule.

The 6+5 rule aims to limit the number of foreign players at clubs by forcing them to have six home-grown players in the starting XI.

"Finally, we have (World Cup) winners who play good football. Spain had 11 players doing duty in their league during the final against Netherlands," the Fifa boss said.

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