Danny Jordaan said the 2010 FIFA World Cup would leave a substantial economic legacy for the host country with the once-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity expected to make South Africa a more widely known and understood tourism destination.
“This is the year when
as a nation, we will open our doors, hearts and sporting spirits to the
world. This is our time. This is our year,” Jordaan said in a statement.
paid tribute to the teams, players and officials who will participate in this
biggest sporting event.
“The world best players will be here. Besides leading
Argentina and winning the 2009 FIFA World Player of the Year, Lionel Messi, has
impressed on his club, Barcelona. The 5-foot-6-inch forward can take on two or
three defenders at a time and could turn a few heads (and ankles) come World
Cup time. And he and the other 10 best football players in the World will be on
one stage here," said the CEO in a press statement.
The FIFPro and FIFA World X1 players who will be here
representing their countries, include Iker Casillas (Real Madrid and Spain); Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United and Serbia; Daniel Alves,
Barcelona and Brazil), John Terry (Chelsea and England), Patrice Evra
(Manchester United and France); Steven Gerrard (Liverpool and England), Xavi
Iniesta (both Barcelona and Spain); Cristiano Ronaldo
(Real Madrid and Portugal) and Fernando Torres (Liverpool and Spain).
these players and hundreds others, South Africa will be their stage and the
African continent their theatre to display their technical skills. Let us not
miss the opportunity to marvel, admire and enjoy their skills,” Jordaan said.
said the successful hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup is the responsibility of
all South Africans.
He said following
the successful staging of the Confederations Cup and the FIFA Final Draw, the
world has now seen South Africa is ready to stage the 2010 World Cup finals.
Our delivery of the events was top class.
five years, we have worked hard. The true image of the next few months before
the kick off is rosy. What is needed is greater public enthusiasm for the
event. All ten stadiums to be used for World Cup matches have been completed. Out
of the 10 selected stadiums only five were constructed from scratch. The rest
needed minor upgrades to meet some technical requirements as per FIFA
for other support infrastructure are on track: roads, transport and support
services like security and safety, information communication and technology,
and health services from various departments at national level are being
South African government is upgrading roads, airports and mass transit systems
in preparation for the event.
"A beefed-up high-tech transport system of
buses, trains and taxis will be available South Africa-wide to move the
football faithful around.
government and the construction industry are confident they can cope with the
massive amount of work required to finish the refurbishment of roads, airports
and other infrastructural developments,” he stated.
said South Africa has benefited and will benefit economically from the World
Cup on home soil. The World Cup has created hundreds of jobs. It has
created a lot of opportunities for many thousands of South Africans.
the security front, we believe in a justice system that can respond to the
breaking of law and order. The government is giving us strong backing with
regards to security measures and we will have a safe and secure World Cup
tournament. The government is hiring an additional 55,000 police officers,
boosting the force by 15 per cent. I am satisfied fans, teams and the public
will be safe during the 2010 World Cup finals.
challenge now is to mobilise the nation – the country needs each and every
South African in their workplaces and their communities to stand up and decide
what they are doing to welcome the world in 2010. Every South African must ask
himself or herself: What am I doing to be a good host of the FIFA 2010 World
15,000 volunteers from 52 countries will soon be selected and begin training to
help us deliver the games and host the multitudes of visitors. This is just one
of the many ways that the nations of the world will get involved in this
historic opportunity. What are you doing to be a good host?
until the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, every South African must play their
part in ensuring we come together as one nation to deliver the best FIFA World
Cup ever,” Jordaan concluded.
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com