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South Africans still positive of a successful 2010

by Kagiso Metswamere
on 15 May 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

Four years after FIFA President Sepp Blatter announced that South Africa would host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africans are still positive that the football spectacle would be a success.

Speaking to BuaNews at the Mogwase Stadium at the celebration of the 4th year since the announcement, former Bafana Bafana player and a FIFA ambassador for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Philemon Chippa Masinga said South Africa was capable of hosting this big event.

"We have successfully hosted many big events in the past like the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup.

"I am again positive that we will have the best soccer world cup ever seen on this planet," he said.

Mr Masinga said the preparations for the events was also impressive.

"The preparation is going on well so far; I am impressed and excited that 2010 Soccer World Cup will be happening here in our country.

"Africa is a special continent and many people in the world don't know that. We will take this opportunity to show other countries in the world what it means to be living in South Africa and Africa as a whole," he said.

Desiree Ellis, a former Banyana Banyana captain and FIFA ambassador for 2010 told BuaNews that this day meant a lot to many South Africans.

"This day means a lot to me and I believe it also means so many things to other South Africans because we were all celebrating and having fun after the announcement of the host nations.

"I am still excited and ready to see the beautiful things that our country will show to other nations," she said.

Ipeleng Matshaba, 25, from Moruleng near Rustenburg is a soccer player for a team called Sefela Young Masters in his village.

He told BuaNews that his dream was to participate in the 2010 Soccer World Cup and that this day gave him motivation to work hard.

"It's encouraging to see our leaders in the country taking so much effort to prepare for the events.

"It gives me the courage to do my best in my football career, I know that one day things will work out for me," said Mr Matshaba.

Meanwhile, North West Premier Edna Molewa, Local Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan, accompanied by other members of the LOC, MECs and Mayors visited various areas in Rustenburg.

The purpose of the visit was to check on the readiness of the province towards hosting the Confederations Cup in 2009 as well as the world cup.

The visits included the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, which is one of the venues for both events as well as the Mogwase stadium where soccer clinics were conducted for youngsters from all over the province. - BuaNews

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