Zuma: SA is ready

2010-06-06 10:58

Pretoria - South Africa is ready to host the 2010 World Cup, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday, five days ahead of the soccer spectacular's start.

He welcomed soccer teams, fans and tourists to South Africa.

"For us the World Cup has already begun," he told journalists at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria.

The national team, Bafana Bafana was "ready" and in "fighting form". Zuma said the World Cup's most visible legacy would be the infrastructure.

"It is now all systems go. Well done South Africa, well done Fifa, well done to the world. Let the games begin on Friday."

"We are truly pleased and humbled to host the world in our country for this historical and extraordinary event," he told local and international journalists.

A flurry of excitement preceded his arrival as the World Cup trophy was placed before the awaiting cameras.

Zuma was flanked by FIFA president Sepp Blatter as he entered the room. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa was also present.