Jordaan: Final an outstanding success

2010-07-12 08:02

World Cup local organising committee chief executive officer Danny

Jordaan, hailed the final match of the first Fifa World Cup on African soil as

an outstanding success.

As fans cheered both teams long after the end of the match, Jordaan

described the bittersweet emotions which gripped him at the final whistle.

“Half of me feels like the Netherlands and the other half like

Spain. But it’s just incredible. We have come to the end in such spectacular

fashion and the world has taken note that this country has great capacity and

great capability to deliver.

“It was a wonderful final, a wonderful closing ceremony and the

crowd in the stadium was just marvellous. The stadium looked beautiful. I don’t

think I have seen a stadium look like that anywhere in the world.

“I am sure the millions watching throughout the globe will be

hugely impressed with what has happened here tonight,” said Jordaan.

Jordaan also took the opportunity to highlight the significance of

former president Nelson Mandela’s presence at the stadium ahead of the kick-off.

“That was wonderful. I met Mandela at the car and the first thing he said to me

was ‘Danny, I am very happy to be here’ and he had a huge smile on his


“That he came to wave to the people of our country was very

special. We will be eternally grateful for him gracing this wonderful


A capacity crowd watched the final at Soccer City and witnessed

Spain’s defeat of the Netherlands to win their first Fifa World Cup.

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