With the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ drawing ever closer, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter received a visit from Jacob Zuma at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Tuesday 29 January 2008. Zuma, the former vice-president of the Republic of South Africa, was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) in December 2007.
"I feel very honoured to be a guest of the FIFA President and to have received such a warm welcome," said Zuma upon his arrival. "Football is the most popular sport in the world and it is therefore a privilege for me to be here at the Home of FIFA."
FIFA President Blatter congratulated the ANC President on his recent election and the pair went on to have a friendly discussion on a number of subjects relating to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and the host country. "We are very much looking forward to working with South Africa," Blatter said. "The global football family is hoping to organise the best ever World Cup in your country."
Zuma gave his government's full commitment to what is the world's most important sporting event, as well as showing his own enthusiasm. "The 2010 FIFA World Cup will hopefully be a total success," he said. "People in South Africa love football and the whole country will be doing everything to make sure that we organise a successful tournament. In Carlos Alberto Parreira, our national team has the best possible coach and will be ready to compete with the best teams in the world."
President Blatter expressed his thanks for the support as well as his confidence regarding the forthcoming tournament, saying that "the first ever World Cup final phase on African soil will be a wonderful event".