The prestigious award, pioneered by two of Algeria’s major newspapers, Le Buteur and El Haddaf, is traditionally presented to players who excel in the field of play and demonstrates leadership qualities; but this time around the organizers decided to honour Safa for bringing the 2010 Fifa World Cup to Africa for the first time in the history of the game.
The award will be presented to Safa by the Prime Minister of Algeria at a gala dinner in Algiers on December 17.
The 2010 Local Organising Committee will present a state of South Africa’s readiness to the high profile guests in attendance at the Hilton Hotel in Algiers; among whom will be Ambassador Moloi, members of the Algerian Football Federation and government officials.
Safa CEO Raymond Hack says the people of Algeria have demonstrated the true spirit of African Renaissance. “Throughout our bidding process, starting from the 2006 World Cup bid to 2010 Bid, we have always emphasised that Africa is a theatre and South Africa a stage in hosting the Fifa World Cup, and we are pleased to see African countries participating in programmes and projects relating to the 2010 World Cup,” said Hack.
Commenting on the Golden Ball Award, he added, “We convey our sincere gratitude to the Algerian Football Federation and the media of Algeria, in particular Le Buteur and El Haddaf, for this wonderful gesture.
“We are humbled and greatly honoured to be chosen as recipients of this noble award that epitomises excellence, dedication, discipline and fair play.”