32 flags of World Cup finalists fly high

2009-11-19 13:39

THE 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee has ushered Africa’s

first spectacle by hosting a symbolic flag-raising ceremony today.

The occasion at the Safa House, south of Johannesburg, followed

just few hours after the completion of the qualifiers’ phase.

The flags of all 32 participating countries were raised in

celebration of Africa becoming the first World Cup hosts in Fifa’s 105-year –

established 1904 – history.

“The storyline of the 2010 World Cup has changed,” said Danny

Jordaan, the chief executive of the Organising Committee. “This is a sign of

celebration for all the countries that will participate in the first World Cup

in Africa.

“We hope for the six African countries – Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana,

Ivory Coast, Nigeria and South Africa – to be in the final stages to celebrate

Africa’s first World Cup in Fifa’s 100 years.”

The final six places for the 2010 showpiece were completed

yesterday night with matches in Europe, Africa and South America.

Uruguay were the last to qualify. The South Americans were the

first hosts and winners of the World Cup in 1930. Algeria defeated Egypt 1-0 to

complete Africa’s line-up in the competition.

The tournament takes place from June 11 to July 11.

The

32 finalists, in alphabetical order, are:

Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Cote

d’Ivoire, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Honduras, Italy,

Japan, Korea Republic, Korea DPR, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria,

Paraguay, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa (hosts),

Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and USA.


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