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May 16, 2004

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The News Review:

* SA and Morocco in final shoot-out
* BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mandela pleads for SA
* Nigeria minister backs foreigner
* Spring loaded | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
* JFF loses on Honduras, Venezuela games
* Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
* UK camp geared at conditioning players, says Brown
* Profile of SA’s bid to host 2010 World Cup
* Baxter planning 2010 team affairs
* Germany 2006: Rwanda Game Goes For N10m
* South Africa to host 2010 World Cup
* Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
* Wild celebrations greet win
* BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Springboks name mixed squad
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Garcia clinches play-off win
* ABC Sport – Tim Gavel – And then there were four
* BBC SPORT | Golf | Tiger takes charge
* Interview with Attorneys Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Nelda Blair

SA and Morocco in final shoot-out
Independent Online – May 15, 2004
Mandela made an emotional plea that awarding the event to South Africa would be the natural conclusion to the process of racial integration there. Speaking of the long years he spent as a detainee of the apartheid-era regime, Mandela said: “Football offered the only joyful release for the prisoners. “As football gave us hope on Robben Island, hosting this World Cup would give further meaning to this hope. “I can confirm that we are ready, able, willing and capable as well as passionate about hosting the World Cup. ”

South Africa believe they have the upper hand over Morocco on the issue of security. The bid chief Danny Jordaan said South Africa “had been ready to host the 2006 World Cup and we are ready to host the 2010 World Cup. “Our track record on security is good… “With all due to respect to the end of apartheid, which is a great chapter in world history, it is history. If you talk about the present and the future, giving the World Cup to a safe, tolerant democratic Muslim country – given what is happening in the world today – is much more of a statement than honouring Mr Mandela with the World Cup,” he said after the presentation. South Africa were favourites to host the 2006 World Cup before Germany won after the Oceania representative, Charles Dempsey, abstained in the last round in the knowledge that Germany were leading 12-11. As will be the case on Saturday, the casting vote in the event of a tie goes to Fifa President Sepp Blatter, who was likely to have chosen South Africa. In the wake of the 2006 controversy, Blatter promised the 2010 tournament to Africa.

BBC SPORT | Football | African | Mandela pleads for SA
BBC News – May 14, 2004
“When we were on Robben Island the only access to the World Cup
was radio,” said the Nobel Peace Prize winner. “Football offered the only joyful release for the prisoners. “As football gave us hope on Robben Island, hosting this World
Cup would give further meaning to this hope. “I can confirm that we are ready, able, willing and capable as well as passionate about hosting the World Cup. ”

The bid chief Danny Jordaan backed up Mandela’s plea. “We were ready to host the 2006 World Cup and we are ready to host the 2010 World Cup,” he said. “Our track record on security is good, we have organised 11 major events in the past decade, all of them safe and secure… “I can confirm that we are ready, able, willing and capable as well as passionate about hosting the World Cup. ”

The bid chief Danny Jordaan backed up Mandela’s plea. “We were ready to host the 2006 World Cup and we are ready to host the 2010 World Cup,” he said. “Our track record on security is good, we have organised 11 major events in the past decade, all of them safe and secure. “We have eight stadiums, three of which meet requirements and
five require only minor upgrades. ”

South Africa were favourites to host the 2006 World Cup before
Germany won a vote mired in football’s murky politics. In the wake of the 2006 controversy, Blatter introduced a system under which the hosting of the tournament would be rotated around
continents – and he promised the 2010 World Cup to Africa.

Nigeria minister backs foreigner
BBC News – May 14, 2004
“The government has approved for the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) to appoint a reputable coach for the country but they have to show they can afford such a person,” Sports Minister Musa Mohammed said. President nor myself is against the appointment of a foreign coach for the country. ”

“But unless we change policy, it is not the responsibility of the government to pay for a foreign coach,” he said… NFA boss Ibrahim Galadima has welcomed the decision insisting that a foreign coach is best for the country. “We’re very delighted by this latest development because we’ve always said that a foreign coach is best for us,” said Galadima. Galadima also confirmed that Christian Chukwu will be in charge for the early rounds of the 2006 World Cup and Cup of Nations qualifiers that kick off on 5 June with a game against Rwanda in Abuja. Former international skipper Chukwu’s contract which began in
August 2002 will end this August.

Spring loaded | Special reports | Guardian Unlimited
Guardian Unlimited – May 16, 2004
A conveyor belt of brutal images from Iraq, oil-price hikes and even the woes of the Beckhams have made May a far from merry month. And so, in our quest to connect with the season of new beginnings, we draw happiness from two seemingly unrelated events. The choice of South Africa to host the 2010 football World Cup represents another step forward for the rainbow nation. Having lost out by a single vote to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, there is a feeling that justice has this time been observed. Nelson Mandela’s help in securing the tournament is yet another service to the country which owes him so much. ‘I feel like a young man of 15,’ enthused the octogenarian… And so, in our quest to connect with the season of new beginnings, we draw happiness from two seemingly unrelated events. The choice of South Africa to host the 2010 football World Cup represents another step forward for the rainbow nation. Having lost out by a single vote to Germany for the 2006 World Cup, there is a feeling that justice has this time been observed. Nelson Mandela’s help in securing the tournament is yet another service to the country which owes him so much. ‘I feel like a young man of 15,’ enthused the octogenarian. The birth of a child and the rebirth of a nation.

JFF loses on Honduras, Venezuela games
Jamaica Observer – May 15, 2004
Meanwhile, the JFF will bear a further loss of US$23,000 to send the Reggae Boyz on a 10-day training camp in London, England starting on May 23. The Boyz will stay at a newly built five-star hotel, the Holiday Inn at Dockland in London; and train at The Valley, home ground of English Premiership football club, Charlton Athletic, where they will play Nigeria on May 31 and the Republic of Ireland on June 2 in the Unity Cup tournament. These matches will prepare Jamaica for the 2006 World Cup qualification tie against Haiti at the Orange Bowl in Miami on June 12 and at the National Stadium in Kingston on June 20. JFF boss Crenston Boxhill told journalists yesterday that the training camp as well as the matches against Nigeria and Ireland will cost the federation US$153,000, while match fees of US$130,000 will be earned for the two games. “We strongly believe that having a 10-day training camp at the kind of facilities that we are going to be having it, playing the quality games that we are going to be playing. to be able to come up with a bill (a loss) of US$20,000 for that venture, we are quite satisfied that we doing the right thing,” he pointed out. But he added that the JFF will not just rest on its laurels and accept the loss… The Fort Lauderdale leg of the camp is projected to cost the federation US$123,000 (or J$7. The football boss said that the Jamaica’s Women Under-19 World Cup team, now in the final round of qualification for the November 10-27 tournament in Thailand, leaves on May 26 for Montreal, Canada. The top two teams from CONCACAF will qualify for that Women’s Under-19 World Cup. The young Jamaican girls will play in Group A alongside hosts Canada, Mexico, and Panama. They play Canada on May 28, Mexico on May 30, and Panama on June 1. Group B comprises USA, Costa Rica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Dominican Republic.

Daily Times – Leading News Resource of Pakistan
Daily Times – May 14, 2004
Football?s world governing body FIFA, fined Cameroon 200,000 Swiss francs (128,900 euros) and issued the points penalty after Cameroon wore a one-piece body suit during the 2004 African Nations Cup in Tunisia. With a six point handicap Cameroon face an uphill task to qualify for the 2006 World Cup with Egypt, Cote d?Ivoire, Libya, Sudan and Benin all looking to take advantage.

UK camp geared at conditioning players, says Brown
Jamaica Observer – May 16, 2004
By May 24 the leagues in the UK and here at home would have been completed for the season, and only the players involved in the US Major League Soccer will still be active. Brown will not be taking any chances. Defeat would mean a swift, brutal end to Jamaica’s 2006 Germany World Cup campaign, and no more meaningful football for the senior Boyz until the 2010 campaign. And facing an uncomfortable foe as Haiti in what should be humid conditions in Florida, Brown believes that good conditioning can compensate for the adverse effects of the humidity on particularly the British- based players. “We want to do some work with them there and then use the last week before the game against Haiti to finalise the tactics and technical work that we need. “The technical director also told the Observer that captain Theodore Whitmore, who has missed all three friendly internationals for Jamaica this year, will be back in the camp after recovering from an ankle injury. “Good news I would say, we just heard that he has signed with Tranmere Rovers for one year next season which I am certain will motivate him and inspire him to continue his football.

Profile of SA’s bid to host 2010 World Cup
Independent Online – May 15, 2004
Spurred on by “huge enthusiasm” in the country, FIFA inspectors concluded South Africa could stage “excellent” finals. But they also questioned security with the country’s crime rate, one of the highest in the world. South Africa made their comeback to international football in 1992 with the end of apartheid, after they were thrown out by FIFA in 1976 under sanctions. They controversially lost the race to Germany to host the 2006 World Cup by a single vote after one FIFA delegate abstained. South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the successful 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. Of the five candidates, it was the only one from sub-Saharan Africa… But they also questioned security with the country’s crime rate, one of the highest in the world. South Africa made their comeback to international football in 1992 with the end of apartheid, after they were thrown out by FIFA in 1976 under sanctions. They controversially lost the race to Germany to host the 2006 World Cup by a single vote after one FIFA delegate abstained. South Africa hosted the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the successful 1995 Rugby Union World Cup. Of the five candidates, it was the only one from sub-Saharan Africa.

Baxter planning 2010 team affairs
go.com – May 16, 2004
‘British-born Baxter took over as South Africa coach lastmonth after Ephraim Mashaba was fired following the team’s firstround exit at the African Nations Cup finals. The former England under-19 coach has a contract up untilthe next World Cup in Germany in 2006. South Africa, once comfortably ranked inside the top 20teams in world football, have slipped down to 40 in the FIFArankings issued last week. Several players abandoned the national side during Mashaba’stenure leaving a makeshift team. Baxter has been trying to coax players like Benni McCarthy,of Champions League finalists FC Porto, and Manchester United’sQuinton Fortune to return to the team after they announced theirretirement from international football. South Africa qualified for the last two World Cups but havenever got past the first round. On both occasions they changedtheir coach within six months of the event… South Africa qualified for the last two World Cups but havenever got past the first round. On both occasions they changedtheir coach within six months of the event. They open their qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cupfinals with a home match against the Cape Verde Islands inPotchefstroom on June 5 and then play fellow group favouritesGhana a fortnight later. Your views on this story?.

Germany 2006: Rwanda Game Goes For N10m
This Day – This Day (subscription) – May 14, 2004
Nigeria Football Association (NFA) spokesman Samuel Kaalu told THISDAY Sports last night that a price tag of N10 million has been placed on the match billed for National Stadium, Abuja on June 5. The offer is open to corporate bodies and sports marketers. “The asking fee is N10 million. Whoever is interested in buying the rights should come forward for negotiation,” Kaalu said. The group B fixture between Nigeria and Rwanda will set the tone for the Eagles in their quest for fourth consecutive World Cup appearance… “The asking fee is N10 million. Whoever is interested in buying the rights should come forward for negotiation,” Kaalu said. The group B fixture between Nigeria and Rwanda will set the tone for the Eagles in their quest for fourth consecutive World Cup appearance. It is expected that the match will be attractive for marketers because of the stake involved coupled with the high stock of the Eagles. But beyond that the Rwandan encounter is expected to draw crowd to the stadium with 60,000 capacity because it is the first World Cup qualifier to be played in Abuja since the stadium was commissioned last year. Kaalu explained that the NFA offered to sell its match rights in order to raise money to defray the huge expenses it will incur from preparing the Eagles for the qualifier. “It becomes expedient to sell the match rights in the sense that proceeds from it can take care of related costs like accommodation, flight tickets and match bonuses for the players which the association may not be in position to address because of lean purse,” Kaalu said.

South Africa to host 2010 World Cup
CTV.ca – May 16, 2004
16 2004 8:06 AM ETAssociated PressZURICH, Switzerland — South Africa was awarded soccer’s 2010 World Cup on Saturday, four years after it lost out to Germany in controversial balloting to host the 2006 tournament. South Africa got 14 votes during the first round of the election by the executive committee of FIFA, soccer’s governing body, while Morocco got 10 and Egypt none. The premier event in team sports will be held in Africa for the first time. “I feel like a young man of 50,” said 85-year-old Nelson Mandela, the former South African president. Attending the news conference, Mandela held up the World Cup trophy triumphantly following the announcement by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Mmegi Online ::> news we need to know
Mmegi – May 14, 2004
This will be the first time that Africa will host the World Cup courtesy of the introduction of the rotational system. South Africa lost in its first bid to host the 2006 World Cup to Germany by one vote but this time it is facing stiff competition from bid veterans Morocco. ?We hope as the industry that South Africa wins the bid and this would excite us because there are benefits for our country,? Hospitality and Tourism Association of Botswana (HATAB) Chief Executive Officer Odirile Merafhe said yesterday. HATAB is a private sector tourism watchdog group, which oversees hospitality activities in the country. It hopes that if South Africa hosts the event, it will have spill over effects on the country. Merafhe said that the industry is ready for the challenges ahead should South Africa be given the green light to host the soccer showpiece.

Wild celebrations greet win
news24.com – May 15, 2004
Passing motorists, including members of the police and the Metro police, were asked to show their prowess in spinning vehicles. 'Unbelievable'Tears of joy ran down the faces of most people. In fact, Fifa's decision to grant South Africa the Cup was probably just the tonic for a country that almost drowned in tears in 2000 when Germany snatched the rights to host World Cup in 2006. Melusi Magasela, the producer of the Continental African Soccer Show, revealed that their phones were jammed by calls from all over the continent. "The response is just unbelievable," he said from Parktown. The Ormonde-based producer said Africans congratulated former president Nelson Mandela, current president Thabo Mbeki, SA Bid chair Irvin Khoza and bid CEO Danny Jordaan. "I believe that every move leading to the announcement was fair… "You have got to remember that South Africa is a young country when it comes to democracy. So it really needs such an event to grow and I can tell you it is steadily becoming a super power," added Magasela. "We now need to work together to make sure that football becomes the number one priority. "We need to bring quality. Even the countries that still need to develop in terms of media and broadcasting must be assisted to make sure that the Fifa realises our fullest potential. "That is how we need to position Africa. Even if you go to Rwanda or Burundi, you must get the best coverage.

BBC SPORT | Rugby Union | Internationals | Springboks name mixed squad
BBC News – May 16, 2004

Van Rooyen added that the squad, which will be the first to play under coach Jake White, “served the best interests of rugby in South Africa”. White took over as national coach after Rudolf Straeuli resigned in December. Straeuli’s reign was dogged by a dismal World Cup performance, revelations about a military-style boot camp before the tournament, and allegations of racism within the national ranks. Montgomery in

He came under fire for choosing only one non-white player, winger Ashwin Willemse, in the 29-9 World Cup quarter-final defeat by New Zealand. Willemse has been called up, along with Eddie Andrews, Bolla Conradie, Quinton Davids, Wayne Julies and Hanyani Shimange. Full-back Percy Montgomery made the squad despite breaking his hand playing for Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday night. “He has fractured a small bone in his hand – that sort of injury can heal within two weeks,” said White.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Garcia clinches play-off win
BBC News – May 16, 2004
Garcia had completed the 72 holes level with American duo Dudley Hart and Robert Damron at 10-under par. But the Spaniard then clinched the win when he holed a short par putt on the first play-off hole. World number one Tiger Woods finished a further stroke behind for a share of fourth place. Garcia, whose last win on the USPGA Tour was in the 2002 Mercedes Championship, had gone into the final round with a two-shot advantage after a third round of 65. But his leading rivals closed the gap following his stuttering round of 71, which included bogeys on the second and eighth and paved the way for sudden death. On the opening play-off hole – the 18th – Hart made a mess of his drive. After a poor ensuing pitch, he eventually finished with a double bogey six.

ABC Sport – Tim Gavel – And then there were four
abc.net.au – May 14, 2004
Canterbury head into the semi after going down to the Hurricanes in Wellington while the Stormers defeated a physical Sharks side to make it through. They have travelled from South Africa this week and the travel will be a major factor. Canterbury are very experienced in semi-final football – they have won four championships. The Stormers went down to the Crusaders during the regular season and will be without suspended skipper Corne Krige. The Stormers have named an unchanged side with full-back Werner Greeff and Eddie Andrews passing fitness tests. The Crusaders have injury worries with veteran half-back Justin Marshall and lock Chris Jack unlikely to play. I think the Crusaders will win simply because the Stormers will be fatigued from the travel coupled with the Crusaders’ ability to play tight, disciplined football which is needed in finals football.

BBC SPORT | Golf | Tiger takes charge
BBC News – May 15, 2004
The world number one’s eight-under 132 at cool, blustery Cottonwood Valley, was his best start ever to the Texas event and signals a return to form. Woods has come under severe scrutiny for a game that has produced just one victory this year. But he said: “I’ve always felt comfortable when I’ve been leading. ”

Joining Woods on the first tee on Saturday will be his best friend on the PGA Tour – 47-year-old Mark O’Meara, who stands seconds after firing a round-two 66. O’Meara has not won on the tour since the 1998 Open and is playing this year on an exemption for being in the top-25 in career money.

Interview with Attorneys Lida Rodriguez-Taseff, Nelda Blair
CNN International – May 15, 2004
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