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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 September 2006, 16:16 GMT 17:16 UK
Germany backs World Cup in SA
Mandela and Desmond Tutu with the World Cup trophy
South Africa will be the first African country to host the World Cup

President of the German Football Federation, Theo Zwanziger, has offered his full support to hosts South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup.

Security fears in South Africa have led to speculation that the tournament could be switched to Australia but Zwanziger says that would be a fiasco.

Germany held a highly successful tournament from June to July and the chief said he would be more than willing to pass on helpful information.

"This World Cup has to be in South Africa. Anything else would be a fiasco for Africa and a real setback for Fifa," Zwanziger said.

"You can not deny the Africans the joy of this tournament. The German Football Federation wants an African World Cup with the fascination similar to that in Germany and will help in any way it can."

Germany controversially edged South Africa for the right to host the 2006 World Cup, winning by a single vote.

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