Cape Town may host World Cup Finals draw

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The WC Local Organising committee chairman Irvin Khoza said the Mother City was the preferred bidder for the event, scheduled for December 2009, but would have to agree to a number of conditions. He gave no further details.

Fifa’s general secretary Jerome Valcke also disclosed that a decision on whether to keep Port Elizabeth as one of the venues for the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa will be taken in January.

Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Stadium is one of five designated for the eight-team competition but its construction has fallen behind schedule.

It is the only venue being built from scratch for the tournament, which will be used as a test event before South Africa, hosts the 2010 World Cup finals.

“The thinking is we are still on track for the Confederations Cup but we will not take any decision until January.”

The other venues for the June 2009 event - Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg - are only undergoing renovation.

The 2010 World Cup will use a further five newly constructed stadiums and the sites in Durban and Cape Town have also been set back by recent industrial action.

“We are aware that the building of the stadiums in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth is behind schedule and according to the latest reports we received, this situation has not changed,” Valcke said.

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