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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 December 2006, 11:21 GMT
Blatter urges work on 2010 stadia
Fifa president Sepp Blatter
Sepp Blatter has urged South Africa to start building its 2010 stadiums
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has criticised the slow progress in building stadiums for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

At its two-day end of year meeting football's world governing body also confirmed that the 2010 World Cup will kick-off on 11 June and the final will be on 11 July 11.

However the Local Organising Committee in South Africa has been having construction delays and internal squabbles over the 10 stadiums for the World Cup.

"We still have a few shovels and few picks here that you can take home along so that work really now progresses so that the stadia will be built on time," Blatter told South Africa organizing committee head Danny Jordaan.

But Blatter quickly added: "Nevertheless, we express confidence in South Africa."

Africa will have a record 6 representatives at the 2010 World Cup, hosts South Africa automatically qualify as hosts and will be joined by 5 other nations.

The remaining 5 places will be decided by a joint qualifying campaign for the World Cup and the 2010 African Cup of Nations, which will is being hosted in Angola.

The meeting also confirmed that Kenya is still suspended from international football .

Kenyan officials had hoped Fifa would lift their suspension, but the executive committee maintained it for the time being.

"There is still too much confusion in Kenya, which makes lifting of the sanctions inappropriate," Jerome Champagne, the Fifa president's delegate on special affairs, said.

Kenya was indefinitely suspended from all international competitions on 24 October for failing to honour agreements and for the chaos in the east African nation's troubled federation.

"Fifa will continue to monitor the situation (in Kenya) before any decision is taken to lift the sanctions," Champagne said.

He said the two parallel leagues in Kenya and the current court cases were still worrying the world ruling body.

But he added they were encouraged by the progress made by some KFF officials, like acting chairman Mohammed Hatimy.

The executive committee expressed its support for the independent electoral committee set up by Fifa and Caf for the Togo Football Federation and for its determination to hold independent and democratic elections.

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