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Vol 50 No 25

Published 18th December 2009

South Africa

Ready or not, here they come

President Zuma’s government is confident about the 2010 World Cup preparations, despite professional fouls in the organising committee

Sepp Blatter, President of football’s ruling Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) looked relieved at the 11 December draw in Cape Town for next year’s World Cup. Standing next to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on the podium, Blatter grabbed Zuma’s hand and raised it aloft in triumph, proclaiming: ‘We did it!’ The much-lambasted Blatter likes to trumpet his achievements and the evidence on display in Cape Town suggested that this time he might be right.

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