FIFA Happy With Port Elizabeth

www.MyPE.co.za: In a
prelude to the 100-days festivities today (March 2) the local
organising committee (LOC) chief executive Danny Jordan, FIFA CEO
Jerome Valcke and officials, and a delegation of international and
national media jetted into Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday to check on the
stadium and Bay readiness.

The visit was hot on the heels of a jam-packed sporting weekend which
included rugby and soccer and the official opening of the Nelson
Mandela Bay stadium
.

In general there was positive feedback from the LOC and FIFA
delegation. Jordaan declared the stadium his
favourite – with Nelson
Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile quipping that he had no
choice as a Bay local.

Zanoxolo WayileMayor Wayile also
told journalists the stadium was completed well in
advance and was functioning really well.

“Years of hard work have come to fruition – we have already held 11
world class events (at the stadium),” said Wayile, adding that it was
important to leave a lasting legacy for the people of the Bay.

“Yesterday showed our readiness,” Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kivet
told the delegation of 120 reporters referring to the official opening
and Orlando Pirates versus Gaborone United clash. “Today you will see
for yourselves the strides we have made.”

Reporters – many of whom were seeing the stadium for the first time –
were impressed. One British journalist from The Guardian asked Wayile
what challenges lay ahead with just 100-days to go.

Wayile said road infrastructure around the stadium and testing the
buses which are coming from Brazil will operate on those routes were
the main challenges, but that he expected everything to be ready by
April, well ahead of the main event.

Today marks 100 days to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa,
with
South Africans encouraged to celebrate in tandem with national “fly the
flag” day today.

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