Friday, March 27, 2009

SA puts final touches to Confederations Tournament

By Mikhaila Crowie
27 March 2009

The South African Government said they were putting the final touches to its preparations for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation, Gert Oosthuizen, said South Africa was just about ready to host the tournament which is being billed as the 2010 FIFA World Cup appetiser.

Oosthuizen was speaking at the launch of South Africa’s 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup campaign in Milan, Italy yesterday.

The Deputy Minister went on to say that the country looks forward to having the current world champions, Italy, in the country.

“Our football loving people here in South Africa are looking forward with excitement and passion to see your team perform well on African soil.”

Oosthuizen assured the Italian team of a warm reception and great support from the South African public.

“Our government has, since the first bid to host the World Cup, given its unequivocal support for the project.”

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