FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter met with the South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Thursday. The two leaders took the chance to discuss the progress of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ on the eve of the quarter-finals.

The two presidents have met several times since the tournament began, but this was the first time they have taken stock of the event so far. “We expressed our respective points of view on this World Cup and we’re both delighted at how well it has gone so far,” said President Blatter. “That said, there are still eight games to play, so we’ll need to stay focused right up until the end.”

Education and health
In addition, the two men also shared their views on the 1GOAL: Education for All programme. “We need to structure it now, because education and health are the major focal points of the Football for Hope initiative,” commented the FIFA President.

“I would like to thank President Zuma and the people of South Africa for being such open and warm-hearted hosts,” he added.