FIFA disappointed at lack of Confederations Cup hypeMarch 4th, 2009 - 3:00 pm ICT by IANS
Johannesburg, March 4 (DPA) World football body FIFA expressed their disappointment at the lack of hype surrounding the Confederations Cup that is to be hosted in South Africa June 14-18.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told a press briefing here Tuesday that he did not see a single poster for the competition.
“There’s nothing not even at the airport that shows you that this is a Confederations Cup host city. We appointed a signage company Tuesday to promote it,” he said.
Valcke said the stadiums for the tournament, which will see World Champions Italy and five-time World Champions Brazil, were ready.
“Now it’s only about delivery. We cannot move the kick-off, we can’t say ’sorry, there’s going to be a delay’,” he said about the tournament, which he described as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
The head of the South African local organising committee for the World Cup, Danny Jordaan, meanwhile expressed disappointment that just 20 percent of applications for the two tournaments were from South Africans.
The sale of tickets for the Confederations Cup has also been disappointing, with just 170,000 tickets of more than 800,000 having been sold.