FIFA Confederation Cup in Parliament

9 June 2009

The ANC Parliamentary Caucus notes with appreciation the decision by both Parliament and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to bring the Confederations Cup to Parliament for display today, 9 June 2009.

The public display of the prestigious intercontinental cup coincided with the visit by the Secretary General of FIFA, Jéromé Valcke, and the Head of the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC), Danny Jordaan, to Parliament. It also took place during the important day in which the President of the Republic, Jacob Zuma, responded to the debates on his State of the Nation address, presented to the joint sitting of Parliament last week.

Caucus appreciates and welcomes this important gesture by the two institutions, as both football and Parliament belong to the people.

In his motion without notice read during today’s sitting of the National Assembly, the Chief Whip of the ANC, Dr. Mathole Motshekga, observed that the Confederations Cup tournament will serve as an indication of how well South Africa has planned for next year’s World Cup.

He said: "The most important thing in sport is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. We welcome all soccer teams that have converged in our shores and wish them well in their stay in our country".

During the brief ceremony held later in the National Assembly to welcome the Cup at Parliament, President Zuma said the presence of the delegation and the cup was a clear indication that the 2010 World Cup was upon us and that only South Africa will host it. The President said he was certain that Bafana Bafana was aware of the importance of ensuring that the Cup remains in South Africa.

Caucus urges all South Africans to attend the matches in great numbers to ensure the success of this prestigious event and that of our proud national soccer team, Bafana Bafana.

The tournament kicks off on 14 June 2009 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, 361 days before the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Issued by:
ANC Parliamentary Caucus
Parliament of the Republic of SA
Cape Town

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