2010 boss gives England advice on 2018 bid

2010-03-05 09:22

THE man in charge of the World Cup gave England his advice on its

2018 bid yesterday.


Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the 2010?Organizing Committee,

said England’s bid bosses should “work hard” during this year’s World Cup, go

and watch their team, and then try and convince the people that need

convincing.


South Africa was awarded the World Cup after failing in an initial

bid to host the 2006 tournament.


Jordaan gave England more cause for optimism when he said “it makes

sense for 2018 to be a Europe-only affair”.


England faces competition from Australia, Japan, the United States,

Russia and joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands, and Portugal and Spain.

FIFA will choose the 2018 host in December 2010.


Jordaan also said England’s bid team should “keep an eye” on a

possible FIFA presidential election with current boss Sepp Blatter to seek

re-election in June 2011.


When asked if he would consider running for world football’s top

job, Jordaan laughed and said “I’m busy over the next
few months. I have a World

Cup to deliver.”


Jordaan joined President Jacob Zuma at Wembley Stadium to answer

questions on the 2010 preparations with less than 100 days to go until the June

11 kickoff.


England Football Association chairman David Triesman, who hosted

the visit, said the decision to hand the World Cup to an African country “was a

bold and inspired move by FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter”.


“The World Cup is a momentous occasion and a defining moment for

South Africa. There is no doubt that you (South Africa) will do the continent

proud,” Triesman said.


Zuma was equally complimentary about England’s 2018 bid, but

stopped short of giving it his backing.


“We’ll leave that decision to the leadership of FIFA. Wherever that

World Cup is, South Africa will be there,” Zuma said.


“I’m sure England can win. The UK is known to be very

efficient. We’ll be at the 2018 World Cup ready to participate whatever

happens.”


Eager to promote English football, Triesman was sidetracked over

the off-field scandal that saw John Terry stripped of the England captaincy last

month by manager Fabio Capello.


Triesman conceded recent personal problems involving England

players could upset the team’s World Cup preparations.


“They always have that potential,” Triesman said. “We took a

straightforward decision. The authority of Fabio Capello in the dressing room

and over the squad he selects is absolute.”


“Fabio will take the decisions and there’s respect around the world

that we’ve put those decisions in the hands of someone who is a football person

who will make football judgments, but who plainly sets very exacting

standards.”


Before his visit to Wembley, President Zuma toured the 2012 Olympic

Park site in east London earlier yesterday accompanied by organizing committee

chairman Sebastian Coe.

 

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