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Two years to SA 2010 kick-off

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South Africa are promising a great show in 2010

With two years to the kick-off of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, construction costs continue to rise.

The opening game will be played on 11 June 2010 at Johannesburg's 94,000-seater Soccer City Stadium.

Organising committee chief executive Danny Jordaan told Reuters the total cost for the 10 venues is likely to go well above the budget of $1.24 bn.

"Final costs of the stadiums are soaring as a result of the downturn in the world economy," said Jordaan.

"We don't know what the final impact of the economic downturn and rising fuel prices will be on our costs."

"It's unfortunately a moving target."

But Jordaan is confident that the first World Cup to be played in Africa will make the continent proud.

"I think what we've achieved since May 2004 gives me a level of contentment and confidence that the event will be a success." he said.

I'm happy with the legacy we're going to leave for football in this country

Danny Jordaan

"I'm happy with how quickly we have come along and with the legacy we're going to leave for football in this country.

"Our stadiums will be world class."

South Africa are upgrading five existing venues and building five new stadiums for the 32-team event.

The budget for stadium construction and renovation has risen by over 60% from the initial estimate.

The South Africa team had a minor boost with a 4-1 defeat of Equatorial Guinea in the combined 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers over the weekend.

But the team still has some way to go if it is to be a force at the World Cup, under new Brazilian coach Joel Santana.

see also
SA back on track, Nigeria win
07 Jun 08 |  African
Jordaan condemns SA violence
23 May 08 |  African
Santana ready for SA challenge
20 May 08 |  African

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