Coaches happy with World Cup facilities

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sun City - Coaches attending the 2010 FIFA World Cup Team Workshop in Rustenburg are very happy with facilities South Africa has to offer their teams, the Local Organising Committee said on Tuesday.

LOC CEO Danny Jordaan told journalists that the coaches were generally happy with the state of base camps, training venues, accommodation and medical facilities in the country.

"We came out of a session with the coaches and overall they are very happy," said Jordaan.

Jordaan said South Africa had come a long way since the country won the bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup back in 2004.

"This is a road that we have traveled since 2004. We have said that we will complete all of our stadiums and government has invested more than ?3-million," he said.

South Africa's journey to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup has been met with skepticism and calls to move the tournament to another country.

"Skepticism and judgment calls were made that the stadiums would never be complete, that we will run out of money before the stadiums are complete, all of those things have just proved to be wrong," said Jordaan.

The LOC boss said some of the stadiums in South Africa compared with the best stadiums in the world.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said he was confident that South Africa will deliver on its promise of hosting a successful World Cup.

"Yes we have a few challenges, we still need to do a few things in South Africa, but we will do it," said Valcke.