Jordaan jovial ahead of the big kickoff

2010-06-10 09:12

World Cup chief organiser Danny Jordaan, speaking a day before the

start of the biggest sports event on earth, says he wants a “smaller job”.


The CEO of the Local Organising Committee today joked that his next

career move might be to the Post Office.


Jordaan said the excitement reminded him of the day before

anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was released from prison or the day before

South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.


“Then the prison doors opened and he (Mandela) walked out, and we

thought, what are we going to do next?


“I think I will look for a smaller job now – like a job at the Post

Office. I think I’ve seen enough struggle,” Jordaan said.


He said Mandela wanted to be at the World Cup opening ceremony on

Friday, when Bafana Bafana would play against Mexico.


“Nelson Mandela is 92 years old. He himself wants to be there.

Whether he stays five minutes or for the whole match is really not our decision.

As things stand now, there is a very, very great chance that, in fact, he’ll be

there because he wants to be there.


“How long he will stay is really his decision. But we’ll just be

happy if he shows his face,” said Jordaan.

 

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