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SA Get Double Backing 02/05/03
Calls for a unified African bid intensified on Wednesday as two federations gave their backing to South Africa's 2010 World Cup bid.

The Council of East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) and the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa), whose combined members represent 24 of CAFs 51 member states, both officially gave their backing to South Africa's bid.

Danny Jordan also called on CAF to back South Africa, arguing that such a move would not necessarily stop other countries from bidding, a view supported by the example of England, who despite UEFA backing Germany for 2006, went ahead and threw their name in the hat.

Instead of pouring valuable funds into bids, Kenyan Football Association president Maina Kariuki suggested that federations invest in the development of the sport on the continent.

"So many countries are using their resources to bid," he said, "when their resources would be better utilised in the development of African football.

"We also felt that in endorsing this bid, we are in a situation where Africa bids for 2010. South America has already endorsed Brazil as their bidder for World Cup 2014.

There is no reason why Africa cannot act in unity. Africa needs to be prepared to host a world-class World Cup, and the South African bid represents that."

Morocco, who were also part of the 2006 bid, are expected to be South Africas biggest threat to landing the right to host the showpiece, while Nigeria, Libya, and Egypt complete the list of candidates.

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