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SWALLOWS NEWS
Bid Success Should Be Assured 25/04/03
Danny Jordaan's attempts to bring the 2010 Soccer World Cup to South Africa have been given a massive shot in the arm this week with the addition of R20million to the bid coffers. SASoccer365's Nick Said looks at why we are destined to win it this time round&.

Corporate sponsorship of the bid so far has been magnificent, with the likes of First National Bank, Southern Sun, Momentum and Phillips pledging millions to help bring the footballing spectacle to this country.

It is this kind of interest from the private sector which validates Jordaan's promise to soccer's world governing body, Fifa, that we are capable of hosting such as enormous tournament.

After Fifa top honcho Sepp Blatter announced that the tournament would be coming to Africa in 2010, there seems to be only one country in it.

After missing out in 2006 through the disgraceful actions of Oceania representative Charlie Dempsey, who ignored his own Federation's wishes and abstained from voting for South Africa, Jordaan has at least already proven to Fifa that we are capable of hosting the tournament.

Enough delegates had voted for South Africa in 2000 for us to be awarded the tournament, before spineless Dempsey crumbled under "pressure" from Germany to change his plans of who to vote for (in the end nobody - something which handed the event to Germany).

But that is all water under the bridge and we are not bitter, are we? But what that whole sordid experience should tell us, however, is that we are good enough.

This is desperately important in winning the favour of the voting Federations, who have never backed the likes of Nigeria, Tunisia and Morocco, but who have voted, in vast numbers, for South Africa before.

And let's face it, without getting too pompous, they couldn't come close to laying down the stadia, infrastructure and hospitality of South Africa!

We have proven after the Rugby World Cup in 1995, the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and the Cricket World Cup in 2003 that we are able to put on the big shows.

What have our north African counterparts achieved, other than massive squabbles between themselves?

The only thing that leans in their favour, ever so slightly, is that fact that they are closer to Europe, making it easier for fans from that continent to travel. For the euro-centric Fifa, this may prove a drawcard.

But on the face of it, Danny Jordaan should have no problems in persuading the voters to look no further than South Africa.

After allowing us to be cheated out of the 2006 event, it would be an absolute disgrace were the world's Federations not to restore parity.

And lets just hope Charlie Dempsey isn't around to play turn-coat. 

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