World Cup pessimists can go sulk, says S African football boss

13:48, July 11, 2010      

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Danny Jordaan, chief executive of FIFA's 2010 World Cup local organizing committee, said on Saturday he believes World Cup pessimists have been proved wrong.

Speaking on Talk Radio 702 in Johannesburg, Jordan said detractors should sulk in their misery.

Jordaan was speaking a day before the much anticipated World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium.

The tournament, which ends on Sunday, has changed the way the world sees South Africa, he said.

Referring to those who doubted South Africa's ability to host the tournament, he said: "We must tell them, 'You've missed an incredible World Cup; just stay in your corner and sulk. We'll just leave you in your corner.'"

He said pessimists have even approached him to apologise, saying they were wrong.

Jordaan gave a positive assessment of the World Cup's legacy, economic benefits to South Africa and the reduction of crime in the country during the tournament.

He said he was amazed at how South Africans threw their support behind the event, even after their national team, Bafana Bafana was knocked out in the first round.



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