2009 Confed Cup claims 'unsound'

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A column that appeared on the English Guardian.co.uk website had claimed, amongst other things, that the tournament is in jeopardy, but failed to substantiate why.

Fifa Director of Communication, Andreas Herren, has, however, moved swiftly to allay fears, claiming that the Confederations Cup would definitely go ahead as planned and described claims in the column as “unsound and having no relation to the facts”.

Indeed, a Fifa delegation is in the country this week to inspect venues for the tournament, while just last month the world governing body announced the schedule and prize-money for the event.

The winner will receive US$3.75-million (R30-million), with US$3.25 million (R26-million) going to the runner-up.

The only venue that may not be ready for the tournament is Port Elizabeth, but this would still leave Loftus Versfeld (Tshwane), Ellis Park (Johannesburg), Vodacom Park (Bloemfontein) and the Royal Bafokeng Stadium (Rustenburg) as hosts.

A decision around Port Elizabeth will be made on April 29, according to Fifa.

The tournament draw is scheduled for November 22 in Johannesburg.