Durban bids for 2011 Beach Soccer World Cup

2008-03-12 00:00

Yesterday, eThekwini city manager Dr Mike Sutcliffe announced that Durban will be bidding for the 2011 Beach Soccer World Cup.

Durban takes the first steps toward hosting the event when the 2008 African qualifying tournament takes place at New Beach from March 25 to 30.

"[T]his year’s qualifying tournament forms part of our bid process. We are also bidding to host the IOC congress in 2011 and if we get both it will elevate the city to new levels — it will give Durban a chance to deliver real African excellence," Sutcliffe said.

The Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup has always been held in the "home of beach soccer", Rio de Janeiro, but from this year, the event will move to different cities in an attempt to increase the global appeal of what is a fast growing and exciting spinoff of traditional field soccer.

In the draw, South Africa were drawn with Senegal, Mozambique and Egypt in Group A, while Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria are in group B.

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