3 July 2009

Thumbs Up for 2010!

The 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup opened and closed with a bang and South Africa certainly passed the ‘dress rehearsal’ test for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.

South Africa - a nation of devoted soccer fans

‘As a country, we have passed the test of hosting the second largest football competition in the world!’

 

The sound of thousands of vuvuzela's is still ringing in our ears as we wave goodbye to the many visitors who came to South Africa to watch the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

There was great excitement in South Africa about the event, and although there were some unexpected hiccups in terms of logistics, the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup certainly did the country proud. Bafana Bafana showed the stuff they are made of and went out there and played some riveting football. We have no doubt that our home-boys are a force to be reckoned with at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. 

The hospitality industry showed an incredible ability to rise to the occasion - and hotels and restaurants were filled with happy spectators and guests, who said the words time and time again: ‘South Africa is ready for 2010'.

It was two weeks of incredible football as eight teams played their hearts out at South Africa's stadiums. It all ended with a fantastic playoff between the United States and Brazil at Ellis Park, with the Brazilians beating the American team 3-2, to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd.

Acting CEO of South African Tourism, Didi Moyle, acknowledged both the Local Organising Committee and the hospitality and tourism industry. ‘Well done South Africa!', said Moyle. ‘As a country, we have passed the test of hosting the second largest football competition in the world. We have shown the world our country and we have displayed a matchless spirit and enthusiasm. More importantly, we are now able to confidently state that we are ready to host the best World Cup in the history of FIFA!'

There is no doubt that South Africa is ready for the biggest football event in the world, as Moyle says: ‘Bring on 2010!'