Johannesburg - SAFA's top brass says they are still in the dark as to how much money they will receive from FIFA for staging the Soccer World Cup.
Several recent reports claimed that the local footballing body would pocket R1bn, yet SAFA vice-president Mandla Mazibuko insists a figure has yet to be determined.
Cape Town - Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala's wonder strike in the Soccer World Cup opening match against Mexico at Soccer City on June 11 has been selected as one of the Top 10 goals of the tournament.
VIDEO: Siphiwe Tshabalala's effort for Goal of the Tournament
FIFA has shortlisted their Top 10 goals from the month-long tournament and requested fans visit the official FIFA site to cast their vote for the Goal of the Tournament.
Washington - The US government praised South Africa for hosting an "excellent" Soccer World Cup and congratulated Spain for capturing the trophy with a 1-0 finals victory over Netherlands.
"We congratulate and thank the people of South Africa for hosting an excellent month of soccer," State Department spokeman PJ Crowley said on Monday. "It was the first time an African nation hosted the World Cup, and South Africa proved its ability to do so quite nobly."
The Hague – Dutch football fans scrambled on Wednesday for pricey, last-minute tickets to South Africa as the country went football crazy after reaching the World Cup final for the first time in 32 years.
Orange flags took over city streets after the national team's 3-2 win over Uruguay in the semi-final. Some people covered their homes with plastic sheets in the national colour; others wore orange or put it on their cars and bicycles.
Ten reasons why the Cape Town 2010 Fan Walk worked so well
The Cape Town Fan Walk has become one of the talking points of Cape Town’s World Cup experience. The editorial in today’s Cape Argus described it as a ‘masterstroke’. John Robbie of 702 Talk Radio asked Andrew Boraine yesterday to what we as a city owed the success of the Fan Walk. Andrew Boraine listed the following factors as critical:
Johannesburg - The buzz from Africa's first soccer World Cup is being heard in investment houses across the globe, drawing new business and even capital to the continent that has evolved in the last decade from international basket-case to fast-growing frontier market.
"There's definitely been a pick-up in flows from Europe. There's no doubt about that," said John Mackie, head of African investments at Johannesburg-based Stanlib, which manages R2.2bn in sub-Saharan Africa's frontier markets.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa president Jacob Zuma again strongly hinted that Africa's first World Cup host is considering a bid for the Olympics.
"I don't see why we can't bid to host the Olympics," Zuma said in an interview Friday with football's governing body, FIFA. "People are already talking about a possibility of bidding for (other) major events and we are supporting this."
Zuma said South Africa has the resources and infrastructure and an Olympic bid is "important for Africa."
Johannesburg - FIFA on Friday issued Nigeria with an ultimatum to reverse its decision to suspend the national football team from international competition or have its FIFA membership suspended within 48 hours.
"If the Nigerian government is not moving back we will have to suspend Nigeria," FIFA secretary-general Jerome Valcke said, speaking to Johannesburg's 702 radio.
"The decision will be made in the next 48 hours," he added.
Johannesburg - Makers of the vuvuzelas that have become the talking point of the World Cup have come up with a toned-down version after a growing backlash against the din at matches.
"We have modified the mouthpiece, there is now a new vuvuzela which will blow noise that is 20 decibels less than the old one," Neil van Schalkwyk, a partner at Masincedane Sport, told The Star newspaper.
"We hope to sell these at park and ride areas and public viewing areas," added Van Schalkwyk, whose company owns the vuvuzela trademark.
Cape Town - Hundreds of people across the country left their offices on Wednesday to blow their vuvuzelas as the 2010 FIFA World Cup draws nearer.
Ex Survivor contestant Danielle Vukic and South African Sports Illustrated’s first editor Richard Whittingdale were part of a large crowd gathered in Somerset Street, Cape Town.
“This is fantastic,” they told News24. “We’re now really looking forward to the World Cup.