Guests begin taking their seats at CTICC

Friday, December 4, 2009

Cape Town - The thousands of guests at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where the 2010 Final Draw is about to get underway, have begun taking their seats.

The politicians, soccer stars and celebrities, who will witness the selection of the 32 qualifying teams' groupings for the World Cup, have been arriving since 6pm and will need to be seated before the live broadcast begins at 7pm.

Earlier on, Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, the 2010 FIFA Local Organising Committee and coaches from the various teams, arrived.

Bafana Bafana Captain and 2010 Ambassador Lucas Radebe, looking striking in a purple button-up shirt and black suite arrived to the applause of the crowd.

Speaking to BuaNews, Radebe said the Final Draw was another milestone for South Africa and Africa. "It is a defining moment for the continent and we hope South Africa will deliver the best World Cup ever."

He said he was confident Bafana Bafana would reach the second round of the World Cup, despite who is drawn against the team later on this evening.

Jeff Maponya from the South African Broadcasting Corporation assured that the final draw show would be spectacular. He told BuaNews that the world would be impressed by the technology used to broadcast the Final Draw event.

Another guest, Terrence Bailey, said that the Final Draw was going to be a fantastic event.

"You can feel it in the air that South Africa has made it. It is evident South Africa and Africa have been recognised as a nation capable of delivering a world class event. We have been criticised that we will never make it, but we will disprove that tonight."

He said he supported Bafana Bafana first and then Brazil, as they have similar game forms.

President Jacob Zuma was one of the first few to arrive to the CTICC, dressed in a smart black suit with a blue tie.