Road to 2010 begins

Saturday Orlando v Kaizer Chiefs 14:30 SS3   Sunday Fifa W-Cup Preliminary Draw   16:00 SS3 Rwanda will be among several Fifa member states not represented at the 2010 World Cup draw due in Durban, South Africa on Sunday.

Saturday

Orlando v Kaizer Chiefs 14:30 SS3  

Sunday
Fifa W-Cup Preliminary Draw   16:00 SS3

Rwanda will be among several Fifa member states not represented at the 2010 World Cup draw due in Durban, South Africa on Sunday.

According to the local football governing body, Ferwafa Chief Executive Office Jules Kalisa, Rwanda’s presence in Durban has no bearing on the draw.

“What matters most is that Rwanda will be drawn, so our presence is of no major importance” Kalisa said 

Durban will see an estimated 3000 delegates from across the world attend the first official 2010 Fifa World Cup preliminary draw to be held on the African soil starting today, culminating in the actual draw on Sunday.

Figures surrounding media coverage were not immediately available, but Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke said: “170 territories have booked the TV feed for this event, which is a new Fifa World Cup record and yet more proof of the huge interest in South Africa 2010”.

The draw takes place on Sunday at 5pm.

Exempt from the draw are South America, whose qualifiers are already under way in a home-and-away league format, and Oceania, whose preliminary competition began with the South Pacific Games in August.

The draw will commence with the Asian zone, followed by Concacaf, Europe and finally Africa.

“The draw will give viewers all around the world an excellent taste of what lies in store for them in 2010,” said Valcke.

Meetings of various Fifa bodies and the local organising committee will take place in Durban before the football family comes together for the draw.
On November 24, the organising committee for the World Cup will focus on the final preparations for the draw and the approval of the draw procedure for each of the geographic zones, while also deliberating on the match schedule and ticketing issues.

South African legends Kaizer Motaung, Jomo Sono and Lucas Radebe as well as Ali Daei (Iran), George Weah (Liberia), Abedi Pele Ayew (Ghana), Kasey Keller (United States) and Marcel Desailly (France) will be on hand when Valcke conducts the draw.

Before the draw South African bitter rival Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will get a great chance to showcase their talent to the world in the Soweto derby on Saturday.

The Soweto derby between South Africa’s soccer heavyweights Chiefs and Orlando Pirates will be telecast to a world-wide audience, as part of the activities to mark the 2010 World Cup draw on Sunday.

Produced by PSL broadcasting partner Supersport International, the match’s commentary will be done in French, English, German, Italian, Russian, Polish, Romanian, Greek, Turkish and Norwegian to serve a world audience.

Rwanda to qualify for Angola 2010 and South Africa 2010 will have to play 12 games.
Notes

- Five group winners qualify for WC

-South Africa to participate in WC as hosts. (Africa will have six teams in 2010WC).

-South Africa will participate in WC qualifiers as the competition doubles as Africa Cup qualifiers.

- Top three teams from each group (15) plus hosts Angola to play in CAN 2010

 

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