All eyes were certainly on Cape Town as the Final Draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ was beamed across the world on the night of 4 December. And for the millions glued to their television sets, they were certainly not disappointed as South Africa put on a magnificent display for the Final Draw.
For the 32 teams the night shed light on their 2010 FIFA World Cup campaign in South Africa, and although they may have some tough battles ahead of them on the pitch, they are unanimous in celebrating the fact that South Africa is the chosen battleground.
Set to play South Africa in the opening match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, Mexico will be sharing in the glory of the first World Cup match on African soil.
“It is an honour to play against South Africa in the opening game. To know that the whole world will have eyes on us during the game is huge, there will be a lot of emotion and pressure,” said the coach of Mexico, Javier Aguirre.
For Raymond Domenech, coach of the French national team, who were drawn to play their first match in Cape Town against Uruguay and are also in the same group as South Africa, they may be focused on the football but it is the country that also interests the team.
“We are proud to play South Africa in the first World Cup in Africa and we feel that the atmosphere of football in Africa will be something to behold.”
“Our first game is in Cape Town and from what I have seen today I am happy to come back to this beautiful city. In our second game we go up north and I have heard it is near to the game parks. Maybe we will go to the Kruger Park afterwards to see the wildlife.”
Having already played in a FIFA tournament in South Africa where they reached the finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup, coach Bob Bradley of the USA is certain that, after his experiences at the FIFA Confederations Cup, this World Cup will be a world class tournament.
“From what we have seen during the Confederations Cup, this will be an excellent World Cup. The weather conditions will be great and the fans will certainly be treated to a top class World Cup.
“It is a good feeling to know that we will have such great support from fans in South Africa as we did in the Confederations Cup,” said Bradley.