FIFA World Cup keeps giving to South Africa
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The 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) has moved a step closer in finalising the wrap-up of a tournament that won praise from around the globe. Part of that process will include the establishment of an agreed Legacy Trust Fund that will consist of members from FIFA, South African Football Association (SAFA), private sector and the South African government.

After the board meeting today at SAFA House in Johannesburg, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told journalists that they are busy working towards making the Legacy Trust Fund fully operational, and he hailed the members of the board and the SAFA for the way in which they have co-operated in this phase.

“The figures don’t lie and from what we have seen, this World Cup was a huge success from all fronts,” Valcke said. “A short while ago, we unveiled a good financial report that was the reflection of organising this event. The 2010 FIFA World Cup has been a good one for FIFA; it was not the financial failure that some people claimed it would be. We have already indicated that all the member associates will receive bonuses, this means that all the money that is made from the World Cup will go to football. South Africa has set the bar. Now it’s up to Brazil, then Russia and Qatar to follow suit.”

What is important is that, the 2010 World Cup should be like a fountain that never dries for us.
SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani

SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani said his associations and structures were already benefiting from the fruits of the World Cup. Nematandani said they have came-up with ways in which football in the country can continue to benefit from hosting the event.

“The most important thing that came out of the board is that we dealt with the way forward and how do we proceed with the wrap-up,” he said. “As SAFA, we should thank FIFA for the support they have given us. As a result of the success of the World Cup, our 52 regions will benefit immensely. We have commenced with the project of building 52 legacy turfs – 12 of those have been completed and handed over already. What is important is that, the 2010 World Cup should be like a fountain that never dries for us. The upcoming generation should continue to reap the rewards of the work that was done during this period.”

A high-water mark

The 2010 FIFA World Cup LOC CEO Danny Jordaan agreed, saying it was important for South Africa to carry forward the moment created by the FIFA World Cup.  “More than eight months after hosting the event, you can see still see the pride in people’s faces whenever they talk about the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said Jordaan. “I was in Sudan recently at the CAF congress where speaker after speaker spoke highly of the tournament. Africans identify with this event. As we said, this is not only success for South Africans, but for the continent as a whole. We now need to build a strong base for development that will improve the football standards in our country.”

The FIFA Secretary General said the focus has now turned to preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil, and with the Preliminary Draw set for 30 July 2011, he is adamant that things will work out smoothly. “At the moment, we want to ensure that the Preliminary Draw is a success,” said Valcke. “Afterwards, we will have to focus on a lot of outstanding issues that have to be dealt with. I think the post-Preliminary Draw period will be vital in giving us direction."