I find it hard to believe, or understand why a country like South Africa having made the commitment to bid to host the Football World Cup now appear to be dragging their heels when it comes to providing the facilities and infrastructure necessary.Â They have finally received the spotlight they desire, now the hard talking has to be put into practice.Â
They know this, I am sure.Â I don’t need to teach my Grandmother to suck eggs, but (there’s always a but …) in typical “African” traditions, speed appears not to be of the utmost urgency.
Once again, leaders in the world of football are muttering dark forbodings for the year 2010.Â Franz Beckenbauer, Germany’s mastermind organiser of this years World Cup claims that “The organisation for the World Cup in South Africa is beset by big problems”.
How does he know these things?Â Is he just making mischief or are there real and justified concerns that prompt these statements?
Sep Blatter, Fifa president, is due in South Africa to urge the powers that be to speed up building work, saying that he would meet with President Thabo Mbeki and “explain the value of the World Cup” to the country’s parliament.
It’s those sorts of comments that surely cannot be helpful.Â If there was doubt that the country couldn’t showcase the World Cup in sufficent time or with the correct infrastructures in place, why did they give the country the (perhaps) poisoned challice to spend it’s hard earned cash fulfilling the requirements necessary to host the tournament?
Please South Africa, having made the commitment to the World Cup, keep that promise to your people to host this famous tournament in the best way you possibly can, starting right now.Â As a country you have so much to offer and to show the rest of the world.Â Don’t let us down.