Egypt, Libya, Morocco, South Africa and Tunisia have all submitted their bid dosiers to FIFA for the 2010 World Cup bid which was presented in Zurich at the headquarters of FIFA.
An African country will definetly be getting the 2010 World Cup as it has been reserved by the Fifa committee. The continent has never hosted the World Cup.
South Africa came the closest but were beaten by one vote in the final run to host the 2006 World Cup, which was awarded to Germany, but according to FIFA President Sepp Blatter the world's greatest sporting showcase will now be heading to Africa.
"I am one of the many people who have done everything possible to ensure that Africa, such a hotbed of football talent, will one day be the setting for the FIFA World Cup-finals. The commitment, motivation and dynamism of the bidders perfectly illustrate the boundless enthusiasm that football generates on the African continent and entirely justify FIFA's decision," Blatter commented on the FIFA website.
"It was wonderful to see the presentations and the wonderful diversity of Africa in the candidatures, right now all the bids are equal, they are all starting on the same footing."
Video messages from South African President Thabo Mbeki, national hero Nelson Mandela and Real Madrid soccer star David Beckham were part of the South African presentation.
South Africa had the most polished presentation with a strong westernised-style video and clear, concise speeches and arguments, reflecting its investment into the 2006 bid.
South Africa has experience in hosting international events, such as the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the African Nations Cup of Football in 1996, the 1999 All African Games and the ICC Cricket World Cup last year.
The final decision on who will host the 20101 World Cup will be made at the end of April or beginning of May 2004.