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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2007, 09:18 GMT 10:18 UK
Fifa happy with 2010 progress
Cape Town's new stadium under construction
Fifa is happy with the construction of the new Cape Town stadium
An inspection from football's world governing body, Fifa, has ended its three-day inspection tour of South Africa praising the progress made in building the stadiums for the 2010 World Cup.

Fifa, joined by South African organizers, visited four of the nine host cities to assess the stadiums in Johannesburg, the site of the opening and final match, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

The delegation also received progress reports on accommodation, finance and transport.

"We were able to see signs of huge transformation in the host cities," said Alain Leiblang, Fifa's head of media operation for the 2010 World Cup.

"The task ahead is a big one and we admire the ambition and efforts in the host cities to make 2010 a successful event."

There have been concerns about the country's high crime rate and poor transport system, as well as the pace of stadium construction.

"We are quite happy that the program is on track. What we set out to do with this inspection tour, we achieved," local organizing committee representative Dennis Mumble said.

"There are challenges and adjustments that need to be made, but that's the reason for tours such as this, to address those."

The full evaluation report will be presented at a meeting on 16 October.

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