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Jordaan next FIFA president?

2010-03-05 11:24

Johannesburg - 2010 Local Organising Committee chief executive Danny Jordaan has given England his advice on its 2018 bid.

Jordaan said England's bid bosses should "work hard" during this year's World Cup, go and watch their team, and then try and convince the people that need convincing.

South Africa was awarded the World Cup after failing in an initial bid to host the 2006 tournament.

Jordaan gave England more cause for optimism when he said "it makes sense for 2018 to be a Europe-only affair."

England faces competition from Australia, Japan, the United States, Russia and joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands, and Portugal and Spain. FIFA will choose the 2018 host in December 2010.

Jordaan also said England's bid team should "keep an eye" on a possible FIFA presidential election with current boss Sepp Blatter to seek re-election in June 2011.

When asked if he would consider running for world football's top job, Jordaan laughed and said "I'm busy over the next few months. I have a World Cup to deliver."

Jordaan joined South Africa president Jacob Zuma at Wembley Stadium to answer questions on the 2010 preparations with less than 100 days to go until the June 11 kickoff.

England Football Association chairman David Triesman, who hosted the visit, said the decision to hand the World Cup to an African country "was a bold and inspired move by FIFA and its president Sepp Blatter".

"The World Cup is a momentous occasion and a defining moment for South Africa. There is no doubt that you (South Africa) will do the continent proud," Triesman said.


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