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November 18, 2009

Cape Town gears up for FIFA Final Draw

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Fans will gather in Long Street to watch the Final Draw before celebrating on the legendary party street. Photo courtesy jaded one

The countdown to the 2010 FIFA World Cup will soon hit the six-month mark and soccer fans all over the world are eagerly awaiting the kickoff on June 11. On December 4, the FIFA World Cup Final Draw will take place in the Mother City where, as the FIFA website suggests, “the fates of the world’s top 32 teams will be sketched out”.

An estimated 8 000 people are expected to gather at the Cape Town International Convention Centre to witness the draw, which will reveal the match order for the anticipated sporting event.

According to the City of Cape Town, FIFA executives, celebrities, members of the international media and representatives of each of the 32 qualifying teams will attend the event, which will also feature performances by the Soweto Gospel Choir and Johnny Clegg.

The 90-minute event is set to be broadcasted in 200 countries, reaching an estimated 700-million viewers.

In an interview with iafrica.com, Cape Town Executive Mayor Dan Plato expressed the Mother City’s enthusiasm for hosting this event.

“The Final Draw in Cape Town is a critical date and an important milestone for us. And we could not find a better city in which to host it,” said Plato. “Cape Town’s a wonderful location and its Green Point Stadium is a landmark, one of the best in the world.”

December 4 will be a busy day for soccer fans, many of whom are expected to assemble on Long Street before the Final Draw, where FIFA president Sepp Blatter will announce the 2010 Fan Fest venues, reports news site www.iol.co.za.

Fan Fest venues are expected to attract thousands of fans who do not have tickets for the soccer matches. The public-viewing sites attracted more than 18-million fans during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, allowing fans to watch matches while enjoying a “carnival atmosphere”, says FIFA.

Fans will gather in Long Street to watch the Final Draw before celebrating on the legendary party street.

The Final Draw and Fan Fest venue announcement form part of a week-long celebration in Cape Town that will also see illumination of the festive lights in Adderley Street on November 29 and the opening of the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha on December 5.

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