With 12 days left until football’s master showpiece event kicks-off in South Africa, FIFA’s initial fears of empty stadium-shots being beamed worldwide seem to be a thing of the past.
FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter could not contain his excitement at the prospect of his long held dream finally becoming a reality.
“I can say I am also excited that in a few days, we can kick-off the World Cup on the African continent.”
“All details will be wonderfully solved and we will have a great event.” Mr. Blatter is definitely right about one thing, the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup will be a glorious tournament.
The World Cup organizers together with LOC (Local Organising Committee) chaired by Irvin Khoza are positive that preparations are on track and that stadiums should be filled to capacity from match day 1 right up to the finals.
As an indication that ticket sales are increasing the LOC made available an extra 160,000 tickets that up until today has seen 50 per cent of them snapped up. According Mr. Khoza, 97 per cent which is nearly 2.9 million tickets for all the 64 games have been sold bringing them up to par with 2006 hosts Germany.
Practically everywhere I go; conversation concerning the World Cup is what seems to dominate. In fact, excitement has reached boiling point that it is even forcing government institutions in a number of countries through their ministries of education to come up with a solution that would allow students who are boarders with the chance to watch the games.
So whether you will be in the stadium, or in your local bar/pub or at home or on vacation, be sure to be a part of this experience of a lifetime.
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