Thumbs up for World Cup progress


The members were given a look at the construction sites of the Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town, the Nelson Mandela Metro stadium in Port Elizabeth and Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The delegation also received progress reports in many areas of the host cities activities, ranging from venue construction to accommodation, finance, transport and the environment during the visit.

“We were able to see signs of huge transformation in the host cities. The task ahead is a big one and we admire the ambition and efforts in the host cities to make 2010 a successful event”, explained Alain Leiblang, Fifa’s head of media operation for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, who was part of the delegation.

“We are quite happy that the programme is on track. What we set out to do with this inspection tour, we achieved. There are challenges and adjustments that need to be made, but that’s the reason for tours such as this, to address those.

“The quality and organisation of the inspection tour has been excellent, especially the presentations given by all the host cities we have visited. The Organising Committee is very happy with the progress being made and believe more than ever that we are on track to host an extremely successful World Cup,” said the Organising Committee’s Chief Competitions Officer Dennis Mumble, who led the OC’s delegation on the inspection tour.