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Now Dempsey thinks we're ready 18/05/04
Four years ago New Zealand's Charles Dempsey broke the hearts of millions of South Africans after his decision not to vote cost the country the chance to host the 2006 World Cup.

He was expected by his confederation to vote for South Africa, but at the last moment he decided to abstain, causing the decision to go Germany's way - by one vote.

This action saw the 83-year-old being widely condemned and he ending up resigning from his post as the head of Oceania region just after the 2006 announcement had been made.

He was not around to spoil South Africa's plans this time around, but says that he thinks the country is ready to host the event now, hinting that it was not ready four years ago.

"They would be better prepared now," he said.

"A lot of people didn't think they would have been ready for the 2006 tournament. I have sent my congratulations to the South Africans and I've no doubt it will be a wonderful tournament."


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