Jacob Zuma: World Cup in South Africa Will be Safe
Controversial South African President Jacob Zuma has assured that his country is ready to protect fans, players, and officials who will be participating in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The self-confessed polygamist, who arrived in London on Thursday, said that security measures are already in place to ensure that no untoward incidents would occur during the one-month event set to begin on June 11.
Zuma said preparations are on track less than 100 days before what is probably the biggest sporting event in the world kicks off. He said all of the ten stadiums where games will be played are virtually complete, brushing aside doubts about his government’s capability to host the event. This is the first time that the World Cup will be held in the African continent.
The 67-year-old leader visited Wembley Stadium on Thursday to meet with several English sports officials. England is in the midst of a campaign to host the 2018 World Cup. Zuma said he was “sure England can win.” However, he refused to openly endorse London’s bid, saying that it was best to leave the decision to the FIFA leadership.