Maradona: No 2010 terror attacks

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Johannesburg - Terror attacks are not a threat to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, says Argentinean head coach Diego Maradona.

Speaking to reporters at Soccer City in Johannesburg, the football legend said he would tell his players not to worry about security when he got back to his country after concluding his five-day visit to South Africa.

"I have only stayed five days in South Africa, but I've realised that the impression about this country was wrong. People are loving and friendly.

"I have no doubt that the soccer world cup will be a success and I will also tell my players not to worry about security, but to remain focused on playing football," he said.

Asked about his impression about the newly revamped Soccer City stadium, the 49-year-old said: "I would have liked to play, but now that my time is over, I will use my efforts to get my team to the final of the tournament.

Before going to Soccer City, Maradona visited Sekelela Secondary School, where he donated his national team jersey to the school soccer team. He also gave the school caps, takkies and two computers.

At Soccer City, he juggled with the ball shortly after he exchanged his number ten jersey with the Chief Executive Officer of the Local Organising Committee, Danny Jordaan.

Maradona concluded his visit at Orlando West High School, a few metres from former President Nelson Mandela's house.

The Argentinean coach arrived in the country on Monday to asses sports facilities in Pretoria to be used by his team during the soccer world cup.